Giving a major relief to former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, the Pakistani High Court suspended jail sentence awarded to him earlier, by lower court.
The court ordered their release from a high-security prison in a corruption case. A two-judge bench of the Islamabad High Court heard the petitions filed by former Sharif, 68, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar challenging their conviction related to the purchase of luxury flats in London.
Justice Athar Minallah read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to them by the accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6. Sharif, 68, Maryam, 44, and Safdar, 54, were sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield properties case.
The two-judge bench ordered the release of the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law from the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. Sharif, Maryam and Safdar were also directed to submit bail bonds worth Rs 500,000.
The court also dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s request to first announce a judgment on the maintainability of the pleas. The bench also imposed a fine on the NAB lawyers earlier for using delaying tactics.