Islamabad: Former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and Son in law Capt (retd) Safdar has been granted bail by Islamabad High court on Wednesday.
Islamabad High court on Wednesday suspended the sentences which have given to the ex-Prime Minister, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son in law Capt Safdar by an anti-corruption court earlier this year in the month of July.
The three were convicted by the court for not being able to prove the source of assets used to buy Avenfield apartments in London.
On July 6, accountability court judge Justice Muhammad Bashir gave the verdict and convicted the three. Former PM Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10.5m fine, Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to 7 years in jail and $2.6m fine and Capt (retd) Safdar were sentenced to 1 year in prison.
On Wednesday the two-judge bench including Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan gave the decision of suspending the Avenfield case against the former Prime Minister and his two family members. Justice Athar Minallah read the judgment and ruled that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was not able to prove the case against them.
Their convictions are still there although the sentences have been suspended.
Three of the convicted, ex Pm Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, and son in law, has been ordered to pay rupees 0.5m as bail bonds.
Although the sentence of Avenfield Apartments have been suspended Nawaz Sharif is still barred from the office for life after the Supreme Court of Pakistan that he lied on parliamentary wealth declaration and was barred from the office for life.
During the hearing on Wednesday, a large number of Pakistan Muslim League leaders including Shahbaz Sharif and Parvaiz Rasheed were present in the courtroom.
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Following the judgment senator, Chaudhry Tanvir submitted the bail bonds of the three in question.
Hours after the judgment against the three was suspended all three were released from Adiala jail on Wednesday evening. A large number of party supporters were spotted outside the Adiala jail as the three were released and taken to Islamabad airport under tight security.
Later on Wednesday night Nawaz Sharif along with the two convicted reached Jati Umra, the Sharif family house in Lahore.
After hearing the verdict the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said that they will appeal in court against the decision of Islamabad High Court.
The current news has it that right shortly after the judgment was announced Shahbaz Sharif tweeted a Quranic verse showing gratitude towards the decision. Although a large number of people have different views and are calling this decision a failure of justice.