Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif gets 10-year jail term ahead of polls

Nawaz Maryam entering the court premises earlier this year

A Pakistani anti-corruption court today sentenced former PM Nawaz Sharif to 10 years and his daughter Maryam for 7 years imprisonment in the Avenfield corruption case.

The court asked the national anti-corruption bureau to launch a probe into the allegations against Sharif, which stem from the Panama Papers leak previous year linking his family to lucrative offshore businesses.

Earlier in the day, Accountability Court-I had sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League, rejected the ruling as a grave injustice to the popular former leader. PML-N workers also repeatedly bring up the condition of Nawaz's ailing wife, dying of cancer in a London hospital, which opponents say is a tactic to exploit voters' emotions and sentiments. According to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court, Sharif family failed to show proper money trail behind purchase of such high-valued apartments. Sharif's two sons - Hasan and Hussain - also wanted in the case, have been declared proclaimed offenders owing to their no-show.

July 28, 2017 - Pakistan Supreme Court declares Sharif disqualified from office for not declaring income from a company in United Arab Emirates, which was not in original Panama Papers revelations. Imran Khan backs down from lockdown threat.

Sharif's political opponents hailed the verdict, saying it was the beginning of real "accountability of thieves". They have yet to announce a date for their return.

The corruption controversy erupted with the publication previous year of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca documenting the offshore dealings of numerous world's rich and powerful. The party is now headed by Mr. Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif.

In 1993 he was sacked from his first term as premier for corruption, while in 1999 he was sentenced to life in prison after his second term in office ended with a military coup. Khan is also hoping to become the country's next prime minister.

2000-2007 - Allowed to go into exile in Saudi Arabia in 2000 amid reports of a deal with the military, he was given a presidential pardon the day his family left.

The verdict is being seen as a potentially significant boost for PTI. He denies colluding with the military and praises the disqualifications and prosecutions of PML-N figures as a long-needed crackdown on graft.

Khan for his part greeted news of the verdict with jubilation at a campaign rally in the Swat valley in Pakistan's northwest.

"This decision was in fact written and dictated by armed forces", Mohamed Sidique Awan, an attorney and Sharif supporter, claimed when speaking with NPR's Diaa Hadid.

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