Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif gets 10-year jail term ahead of polls

Maryam Nawaz outside the Avenfield apartments today. She will hear the verdict with her father and former finance minister Ishaq Dar- Geo News

Maryam Nawaz outside the Avenfield apartments today. She will hear the verdict with her father and former finance minister Ishaq Dar- Geo News

In compliance to the Supreme Court order of July 28, 2017, which ousted the three-time prime minister, declaring him "dishonest" under Article 62 (1) (f) of Pakistan's constitution, three corruption references were filed by Pakistan's National Accountability Court (NAB) in September against the Sharifs and a fourth against their relative, ex-finance minister Ishaq Dar.

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.

His daughter, Maryam Sharif, also received a seven-year sentence, while his former security officer Safdar Awan received a one-year sentence.

"Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment (on ownership of assets beyond income) and fined £8 million ($10 million)".

The central leadership of the PML-N has been apprised about the return of Nawaz and Maryam.

1993 - Removed as prime minister by Pakistan's president. Now, Maryam Sharif who is a Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader can't contest elections. During his term, Pakistan successfully tests nuclear weapons in response to regional rival India's atomic programme. After the coup, he was convicted of corruption and given a life sentence for hijacking over an incident when he ordered Musharraf's plane not to land in Islamabad.

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However, political analyst Qamar Cheema said that those thinking of capitalizing on the verdict should not underestimate thepopularity of the former ruling party among the masses.

2008 - Loses election to the party of Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated ahead of the polls.

"PML-N's lions, remember this!"

April 4, 2016 - The leaked Panama Papers show involvement of Sharif's family in offshore companies including two used to buy luxury homes in London. Sharif has always denied any wrongdoing and dismissed the investigation as biased and inaccurate.

The ex-CM insisted that elder Sharif's name was not even mentioned in the infamous Panama papers.

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