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Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

06 July 2018

Maryam's husband, retired army Capt. Safdar Awan, got a one-year sentence for failing to cooperate with the National Accountability Bureau. "Maryam was given seven years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed two million pounds (over United States dollars 2.6 million) and her husband Muhammad Safdar was awarded one year rigorous imprisonment", the NAB prosecution team chief Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi told media outside the court.

Now, after a nine-month trial concluded Friday, prison time awaits Sharif and his daughter, who was convicted of abetting his activities.

"This decision is based on injustice".

The deposed prime minister's daughter further said that Sharif had chosen his path despite knowing it was not easy to tread on it.

Sharif and Maryam are now in London visiting Kulsoom, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there.

The court case against the former PM and his daughter revolves around four upscale London flats in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London, that the Sharifs claimed to have bought through legitimate means.

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If Sharif returns he will be arrested on arrival under the law, though he could later be freed by a separate court pending appeal, Abbasi added.

He said that when his party staged protest demonstration in London against Sharif family's flats in 1998 because the nation's money was sent overseas.

A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London. The party is now headed by Mr. Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif. He denies drawing the monthly salary.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which spearheaded a campaign against Nawaz Sharif following the Panama leaks, praised the verdict.

"No matter what the PML-N says, the decision is going to damage their vote bank", analyst Rifaat Hussain told AFP, adding that he thought it unlikely Sharif would return.

Following the verdict, Maryam has been barred from contesting the elections from Lahore to the National Assembly.

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1999 - Overthrown in a military coup by General Pervez Musharraf, the country's fourth army takeover since independence in 1947.

The guilty verdict threatens to end his political career.

He fell out with powerful generals once he ascended to power a decade later, and relations became fraught after his return as premier in 2013, partly because he challenged the military over foreign policy, which the generals traditionally considered their domain.

He said that Khawaja Asif told Nawaz Sharif that the people will forgot the Panama Case, and the party resorted to all tactics including lodging 32 cases against him.

Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.

The NAB court accused Sharif and his family of money laundering.

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Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison