Pak Court suspends jail sentence for Nawaz Sharif, Maryam

Pak Court suspends jail sentence for Nawaz Sharif, Maryam


A top Pak Court has suspened the jail sentence of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam, news agency Reuters reported.

Justice Athar Minallah read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to them by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6. The two-judge bench also directed Sharif, Maryam and Safdar to submit bail bonds worth Rs 5 lakh each.

Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield properties case.

Last week, Sharif and daughter Maryam were temporarily released from prison to attend funeral services for his wife, Kulsoom, who died of cancer in London.

Video footage from Geo TV showed Sharif walking through Islamabad's airport amid tight security to be flown to Lahore, near the family home. Ousted as prime minister last year by the Supreme Court over some undeclared income, Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom this year when a separate anti-graft court handed him a 10-year jail term in absentia over the ownership of luxury flats in London in the 1990s.

The father and daughter left Kulsoom's bedside to return to Pakistan to rally their followers ahead of a July 25 general election. Both were arrested on arrival and have been imprisoned since. (PenNews with intake from UNI)