Sharifs released after 69 days in jail

Sharifs released two months after they began 10-year jail sentence for corruption.

Nawaz Sharif (R), former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League, gestures to supporters as his daughter Maryam Nawaz looks on during party"s workers convention in Islamabad, Pakistan 4 June 2018.

Nawaz Sharif with daughter Maryam Nawaz

(Image source: Reuters)

September 20, 2018: Pakistan’s ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar were released from jail on Wednesday after the Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year jail term.

The IHC’s division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb allowed the petitions of the Sharif family members against the accountability court’s July 6 judgment in the Avenfield Apartments reference.

Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

Sharif was sentenced in July after being found guilty of corrupt practices related to the ownership of four luxury properties in central London linked to his family.

He says the charges are politically motivated. The three-time prime minister was ousted from power a year earlier by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, after his children were linked to offshore companies in the Panama Paper leaks of 2015.

By Shaoni Sarkar