Justice Bashir recuses himself from other two references against Nawaz

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

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

On July 6, Judge Bashir had sentenced Nawaz, Maryam, and Safdar in the Avenfield reference.

The police in Pakistan have filed several First Information Reports against leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, charging them with involvement in terrorism, inciting violence and attempted murder following unrest in Lahore on Friday, The Express Tribune reported on Monday.

Nawaz was arrested on Friday night from Lahore airport and was Shifted to Adiala jail along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz after they were found guilty in London's Avenfield property case.

"Sharif and Maryam were surrounded by a huge wave of NAB" NAB officials and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), as their flight landed at the Lahore airport.

Professor Tahir Malik, political analyst and academic, said that it was nearly impossible that Sharif and his daughter Maryam would be released on bail before the July 25 general elections.

"I want to draw your attention to the abysmal conditions under which Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is languishing in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi", he wrote.

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam tweeted a goodbye message to her kids ahead of her arrest in Avenfield reference case.

"This FIR is just another attempt of intimidation and political victimisation", Malik said.

Sharif's return comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which a year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.

The trial centered around where the family had gotten money to own four luxury apartments in London's Park Lane.

According to the Guardian, sympathy for Sharif has risen during the illness of his wife, Kulsoom, who is in a coma in a London hospital after treatment for throat cancer.

The Congress party on Saturday jumped on the Twitter to comment about former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's arrest and taunt Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his friendship with Sharif. Many PML-N lawmakers have also defected to Khan's party.

The case relates to a march staged by the PML-N on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies.

Since then, a host of his allies have been either disqualified by the courts, or face corruption cases.

The run-up to the vote has been marred by a string of election-related bombings that have killed at least 160 people, including a candidate during an election rally in southwestern Balochistan Province last week.

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