Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar acquitted in the Avenfield case


The Islamabad High Court acquitted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield properties case on Wednesday.

They have to submit a surety of Rs0.5 million each. They were earlier sentenced to 10, seven and one year respectively in the case on July 6 by the Islamabad Accountability Court.

Maryam and Nawaz were arrested upon their arrival in Pakistan from London on July 13. They filed appeals challenging their convictions in the case on July 16 in the Islamabad High Court.

Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb have heard the prosecution and NAB’s versions in the case. Earlier, NAB was also fined Rs10,000 for using ‘delaying tactics’.

On September 16, NAB Chairperson Javed Iqbal approached the Supreme Court with a request to set aside the Islamabad High Court’s decision to proceed with the petitions.



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