Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 7 years for corruption

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to Seven Years in Jail in Al Azizia Case Acquitted in Flagship Corruption Reference

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison in controversial corruption case

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal said that the accountability court's verdict of sentencing the former premier won't affect Nawaz Sharif and party's popularity.

On December 7, the Supreme Court (SC) had given the accountability court its last extension to wrap up the two remaining references against the Sharif family. However, they were released after the Islamabad High Court suspended their jail sentences.

"PML-N leaders are aggrieved over yesterday's verdict against their quaid, therefore let's ignore their personal attacks", he said in a sarcastic remark.

Shehbaz Sharif, his younger brother and three-time chief minister of Punjab, the country's most populous province, is already in NAB custody in connection with a housing scam.

He also said that there was no evidence against him.

Commenting on the verdict on Monday, Sharif said his conscience was clear as he was never involved in any kind of corruption.

Sharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier this year in absentia.

The same court acquitted Sharif in a second case relating to his family's business in Britain.

The Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from politics for life over the allegations a year ago, and directed an anti-corruption body to investigate three different charges regarding his family's properties and businesses.

A large number of PML-N supporters and workers gathered outside Kot Lakhpat jail to show their support for the former prime minister as he arrived at the premises.

On December 19, the accountability court Judge Malik had reserved his verdict against the Sharif family.

Abbasi said Sharif was being victimised for political reasons.

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.

Security around the court in Islamabad was tight for Monday's verdict. Tear gas and baton-charge was used to disperse the protesters.

Sharif was once a favorite of Pakistan's powerful generals but fell out with them.

According to sources, the PML-N supreme leader was shifted to a "better class" barrack which had been prepared on Sunday night ─ the same high security barrack where he had been kept after being convicted in the Avenfield property case on July 6, 2018, along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar. His sons were also co-accused in all three cases but they were declared absconders for failing to appear before the court even for a single time.

Today also marks Sharif's 69th birthday.

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