Convicted Sharif family file appeal against Avenfield verdict in Islamabad High Court

Justice Mohammad Bashir has requested for transfer of other cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family to another court. — Geo News FILE

He was also sentenced one-year in prison for "not cooperating" with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan's anti-graft body.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz's son, Junaid Safdar reached Lahore on Monday to meet his parents and maternal grandfather Nawaz Sharif in Adiala Jail. Flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

The appeal comes ahead of hotly contested general elections scheduled for July 25.

The judge maintained that the repsondent's (Nawaz Sharif) counsel has objected on the move so he can not hear the other two references and the cases should be transferred to some other court.

It may be mentioned here that accountability court in its judgment on July 6, had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years imprisonment and fined £8 million while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years imprisonment with a £2 million. The main allegations against the PML-N leaders include damaging public buildings and properties, threatening and injuring the law enforcement agencies officials. "It is a pre-poll rigging", PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurenzeb said.

Meanwhile, the cabinet sub-committee also approved a request to put the three-time Prime Minister and his daughter on no-fly list.




The move will have a considerable impact on the elections since Sharif has tried to establish that he is not an absconder even though he could justifiably stay back in London, by the side of his critically ill wife. Sharif and members of his family were charged with corruption in connection with the purchase of luxury apartments in London's Park Lane.

She said that cases were registered against PML-N leadership under terrorism act.

Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the Supreme Court in July previous year in a Panama Papers case.

Subsequently, the judge dismissed an application filed by Haris seeking transfer of the case to another court during last week.

The Guardian reports that as the political drama unfolded in Lahore, fears of violence surged ahead of the upcoming elections, after a suicide bomber killed 132 people attending a political rally earlier in the day in Balochistan province.

Sharif, who has been banned from politics, is believed to have run afoul of the military, which has ruled Pakistan directly or indirectly for most of its 71-year history, when he sought to restrict its involvement in civilian affairs and criticized army efforts to combat extremist groups, despite Sharif's own past courting of religious groups in search of votes.

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