Sharif family’s lawyers to appeal against Avenfield verdict on Monday

15 July, 2018, 16:13 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Opinion       How the ‘pampered princess’ of Pakistan became the lion-hearted fighter the country needs
       	        Mahwash Ajaz         15 July 2018

The attacks came days after Islamist militants claimed responsibility for a suicide blast at an election rally in the northern city of Peshawar that killed 22 people.

"Who wants to go to jail?", Sharif told The Guardian on the flight Friday.

His daughter Maryam was also arrested after the pair were were sentenced in absentia on corruption charges last week.

The pair surrendered to officials of the National Accountability Bureau less than two weeks before polling in Pakistan's general election and as Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party appears to be losing ground to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf.

Sharif has been calling for supporters to vote for candidates from his party.

Sharif said at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The bombing in Mastung occurred as Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, a candidate for the local legislature, was addressing supporters.

He also said that his party will not accept results if the elections are rigged.

In April the apex court disqualified Sharif for lifetime from the parliament and also barred him from heading a political party. "No", said Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a BAP member of Pakistan's Senate.

The PML-N former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa MNA Amir Muqam, ex-MPAs from Punjab Yasin Sohal, Mian Naseer and many other leaders were booked by the South Cantonment police, besides over 200 party workers. According to the police, Shahbaz Sharif, the PML-N president and younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, led the rally here in violation of Section 144 that stops assembly of five or more people at one place at a particular time. The prohibition is pursuant to Pakistan's Constitution, which requires a cessation of rallies in the run-up to an election.

After their return from London on Friday night, the caretaker law ministry issued a notification declaring that the accountability court will conduct trial in the Flagship Investment and Al Azizia Steel Mills references against Nawaz Sharif in Adiala jail.

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'Why is Lahore under siege? This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to Pakistan.

Sharif is returning from Britain one week after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term over the purchase of luxury London flats, and sentenced his daughter and political heir to seven years in prison.

Sharif alleges the military is aiding a "judicial witch-hunt" against him and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

In an FIR registered with Lohari police station, the government nominated Shahbaz Sharif, his son Hamza and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, besides 16 other senior leaders, including some former federal ministers. "There can't be two parallel systems and two parallel governments running in a country".

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half its history since 1947, has denied interfering in modern-day politics.

Since Sharif returned to London last month, where his wife is being treated for cancer, the PML-N has fallen into disarray and failed to mount an organized campaign to rally the base ahead of the polls.

PML-N leaders had called on supporters to turn out as a show of strength to mark Mr Sharif's return.

Contrary to Imran Khan and his team-mates corruption chant against the Sharifs which despite all guns firing, ten fat volumes of JIT material and two years of Apex Court and NAB endeavor could find no evidence of corruption, the three-time Prime Minister was not only removed from the Office of the Prime Minister but also stripped off the Chairmanship of his political party on the charge of being a prospective recipient of salary in his son's Company which he may never have meant to receive.

The arrest was made in connection with a recent verdict from an anti-corruption court.

SAHIWAL: All arrested workers and office-bearers of the PML-N were granted bails, while four ex-parliamentarian of the party secured interim bails from the court of Civil Judge Ijaz Ahmed.


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