Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced for Corruption

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However, the trial court acquitted the supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in another reference pertaining to the Flagship investment and other offshore companies.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who succeeded Sharif as prime minister previous year, said the PML-N would appeal the verdict but would "not resort to violence".

The court found Sharif culpable in Al-Azizia case and sentenced him to seven years in jail and also imposed a Dollars 2.5 million fine on him, according to initial reports. A number of politicians who are part of the PTI have not only been named in various corruption-related scandals, but have also been summed in courts in money laundering cases. Accountability Court announced the verdict and he is arrested from the court after the announcement of the verdict.

She accused Prime Minister Imran Khan's party of conspiring against her father, claiming that "the government officials head to work each day thinking 'what do I have to do against Nawaz Sharif today?'"

Sharif had served as Pakistan's prime minister on three separate occasions, the latest from 2013 to 2017 when the current investigation into his finances drove him from power.

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia, Geo News reported. According to Islamabad administration one thousand Police officials and one hundred Rangers will be deployed. The younger Sharif was also facing probe by the NAB.

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A three member bench headed by CJP Saqib Nisar, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the Accountability Court II Judge Mohammad Arshad Malik's petition. In the same ruling, the Supreme Court ousted and disqualified Sharif and barred him from holding political office in the future.

The Judge had earlier turned down Sharif's request for more time in the two cases, as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had stated that granting more time could further delay the verdict in the graft cases.

Iqbal said that the reasons used to sentence Sharif could be used to criminalise every Pakistani living in the Gulf and sending remittances back home.

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said that his party would protest inside the parliament as well as on the streets against the selected accountability.

While Maryam Nawaz Sharif could steer the party, all internal decisions will be taken by the elder Sharif, Haq adds.

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