Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Here’s What Pakistani Celebrities Are Saying About The CRAZY Nawaz Sharif Verdict

Here’s What Pakistani Celebrities Are Saying About The CRAZY Nawaz Sharif Verdict

LAHORE, PAKISTAN-Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia by an anti-corruption court Friday, in a verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month. Prosectution lawyer said that Sharif has been asked to pay a fine of 8 million pounds ($10.6 million) and Maryam was fined 2 million pounds.

Sharif, who was ousted as prime minister past year for corruption, was also fined $8m by the National Accountability Bureau court.

After the conviction, it was not sure if Sharif and Maryam would come back to face rigorous imprisonment.

Although the defendants will be arrested immediately, "they can file an appeal within 10 days to suspend the trial court's order" in the high court, said Ali.

Sharif is banned from politics for life and had handed the presidency of his ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party over to his brother, Shahbaz, who is leading the party's campaign ahead of Pakistan's second-ever democratic transition of power.

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.

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A supporter of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif carries a party flag in Rawalpindi on July 29, 2017.

Judge Mohammad Bashir concluded in his written statement that Sharif and his family had failed to disclose the source of funds they used to purchases luxurious London properties and did not report the purchases to tax authorities. Exit polls have already predicted a hung National Assembly with a close race between Sharifs' PML-N and Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The court ruled that the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London shall be seized by the federal government. The PTI's clamouring for a trial led the court to hear the petition on Sharif for corruption after the Panama Papers accused his family of money laundering. He denies colluding with the military and praises the disqualifications and prosecutions of PML-N figures as a long-needed crackdown on graft.

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

PML-N officials also accuse the military of using its muscle to twist the arm of the media to restrict coverage of criticism of the judiciary and military by Sharif and his allies.

1990 - First elected prime minister.

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