Imran shuns Nawazs request, insists Avenfield reference verdict be announced tomorrow

07 July, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Nawaz and Maryam outside the court premises this year

Accountability Court judge Mohammed Bashir also rejected an application from the Sharifs to postpone the announcement of the verdict as Mr. Sharif is now with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz in London who is on ventilator for the past three weeks.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has insisted the verdict in the Avenfield properties corruption reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should not be delayed.

After the verdict, both Maryam and Safdar can not contest the upcoming general elections.

NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said the accused have 10 days to file an appeal against the verdict. Maryam was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. "The morale to fight against oppression has increased today".

The Sharifs had filed an application on Thursday requesting the court to delay the verdict in the Avenfield reference and grant a seven-day exemption in the wake of Nawaz's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz's deteriorating health.

In addition to the sentencing, Sharif and Maryam have been fined 8 million British pounds and 2 million pounds respectively. Maryam's husband, retired army Capt. Safdar Awan, got a one-year sentence for failing to cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau. "It is a victory of the NAB prosecution", Abbasi said.

He said he would continue his political struggle from behind bars if necessary, and urged the people to "break the chains by exercising their right to vote on July 25".

According to media reports, Sharif and Maryam were in their apartment in the Avenfield building in London when the decision was announced.

Sharif, his daughter and his son-in-law all received prison sentences Friday for their roles in the massive corruption scandal that brought down his premiership.

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The PTI chairman said that his party raised the issue in the parliament but nothing was done, adding that Nawaz Sharif's sons admitted of the ownership of London flats when Panama Papers scandal emerged.

The Avenfield case hearing lasted for more than nine months and both Sharif and his daughter attended dozens of hearings.

1990 - First elected prime minister.

The Sharif family failed to declare the financial resources with which they claimed to have bought these disputed flats.

The conviction means Maryam Sharif will be disqualified from contesting the elections.

The PML-N has termed the trial political victimisation.

The Pakistani news media reported that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were in those apartments as they listened to the verdict.

"If Sharif does not come back, his party is over", said political analyst Rasool Bukhsh Rais.

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