The Sharif’s made their appeal against the verdict and were jailed for both 10 and 7 years respectively. Nawaz Sharif was jailed for owning international assets and for refusing to cooperate with NAB. Whereas, Maryam Nawaz was sentenced for helping her father conceal the truth. Captain Safdar had also been jailed for a year for helping his wife and father-in-law in the process.
It is claimed that the court has suspended their jail time for the time being resulting in a joyous PMLN crowd that had gathered to celebrate. It is now being stated that the 3 inmates will now soon be released from jail once the formalities have been conducted.
The final arguments of The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) superior prosecuting attorney, Mohammad Akram Qureshi were made stating that the final verdict of the case lay with the court. Qureshi claimed that “Maryam was equally responsible as she connived to dodge the legal course” and went so far as to say that she is the one who led the entire “conspiracy.”
The high court Justice Atha Minallah claimed that NAB had failed to provide any relevant evidence that declared Nawaz Sharif’s ownership of the apartments in Avenfield. Minallah claimed that Qureshi’s conviction was driven by mere presumptions and nothing tangible.
To this remark, Qureshi responded claiming that “law of evidence empowers the court to presume facts in certain situations.” His remark was met with disdain repeatedly as the court members claimed that the people in question must be provided enough space that allows doubt and question.
At this, Qureshi responded by saying; “since the properties belong to a foreign jurisdiction, therefore, it is a distinguished case and these were not applicable to this case”.
The family members had recently been allowed to leave on a 12+ hour long parole to attend the funeral of Nawaz Sharif’s wife, Kulsoom Nawaz who succumbed to cancer a few days ago.