Ousted PM Nawaz released from prison following court orders

Hugh Fox
September 20, 2018

NAB will challenge the Islamabad High Court's decision to admit the Sharif family's petition and suspend their jail sentences.

Another supporter in the crowd, Naveed Abbasi, said he is convinced Sharif was a victim of conspiracy but that, "God willing, the people will make Nawaz Sharif the prime minister again. for a record fourth time".

The former prime minister was briefly released earlier this month for his wife's funeral. The father and daughter returned home a week later and were taken to prison to serve their sentences.

Justice Minallah read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to the three by the anti-corruption court on July 6.

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The Sharifs' convictions are still under appeal with the same Islamabad High Court but the judge has ruled they should be freed immediately while the case continues.

The court has not yet released a detailed judgement explaining the decision.

" 'This is a triumph of justice, ' said Sharif ally and former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif who was outside the court".

During the meeting, Nawaz Sharif said, "I have not done anything wrong; my conscience is satisfied". "It also failed to prove how was Maryam Nawaz sentenced under the same charge sheet which convicted Nawaz Sharif", Justice Athar Minallah told the court.

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The duo were recently released on a bail to attend the final rites of his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who passed away in London on September 12.

At one stage, they shocked the bench by saying that the Supreme Court's judgments in Khalid Aziz and Ghaniur Rehman cases wherein parameters were set for shifting the burden of proof on the accused were "irrelevant" in the instant case as the monetary transactions as well as assets were overseas.

In opposition, Khan was a vocal supporter of the legal cases that removed Sharif from office.

On Wednesday, Islamabad's high court ordered him released on bail as his appeal moves forward. They arrived in Lahore, the bastion of the Sharif family, on a special plane, where the trio received a rousing welcome from thousands of party supporters.

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However, analysts saw the decision as a definite boost for Sharif's party and supporters.

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