In a corruption case involving the purchase of four luxury apartments in London, an anti-graft court in Pakistan sentenced former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail and fine with £8 million, while his daughter Maryam Sharif has been sentenced seven years of jail punishment and fined £2 million.
The verdict came three weeks before general elections in Pakistan on July 25.
The case also involves Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar, who was sentenced to one year in jail. Sharif’s two sons, Hasan and Hussain, who are also co-accused in the case have already been declared absconders in the case.
The accountability court in Islamabad has barred Maryam Nawaz, the former first daughter, and her husband Captain (r) Safdar from contesting elections for the next 10 years.
Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are in London, attending to the former PM’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and shifted to the UK for treatment. Since then, Maryam and Nawaz Sharif have made several trips back and forth from London to attend the hearings and attend to Kulsoom.
Both Sharif and his daughter were supposed to return to Pakistan by June 27.
Nawaz Sharif and his family are facing trial in three corruption cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which are Avenfield properties, Gulf Steel Mills and Al-Azizia Steel Mills.
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14 last year.