Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous jail-term by a Pakistani Court on charges of corruption based on the purchase of high-end flats in London. The arrest is seen as a huge blow to the party before the general elections which are due on July 25. The astonishing verdict has completely ended the political career of one of the most successful politicians of Pakistan in last 40 years. Nawaz Sharif has served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan 3 times.
Maryam, daughter of Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 7 years jail term and is thus disqualified from contesting the elections. Her husband Muhammad Safdar who is a lawmaker of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been sentenced to prison for a year.
Nawaz Sharif, has stated that he will return to Pakistan soon. He will be arrested on arrival in Pakistan before the elections. The elections are said to be a close contest with the opposition party headed by Imran Khan.
Sharifs will appeal against the decision as they have denied all charges against them. Shehbaz Sharif the brother of Nawaz Sharif, who took over the President of PML-N party after latter was barred from holding the office has stated that people of Pakistan will never accept the decision and stated that the whole verdict is an utter display of injustice.
In addition to the imprisonment, the National Accountability Bureau has further ordered fines amounting to 8 million pounds to Nawaz Sharif and 2 million pounds to his daughter Maryam Sharif. The properties of Sharifs at London have been confiscated.
The verdict stated that the Sharif family was unable to furnish the source of funds for the purchase of luxury apartments at London primarily in mid-1990s.
It is reported that the decision is the result of the military interference in the politics of the nation before the elections. Pakistani military has, however, denied the charges.
The verdict has come as a blessing for the Imran Khan’s party, which has completely over-ruled any kind of collusion with the military and has welcomed the verdict as a much-needed legal crackdown on corruption.