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Maryam Nawaz, PM Shehbaz embrace each other in jubilation after court verdict

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Thursday (Sep 29) after the Islamabad High Court acquitted her and her husband Captain Safdar in the Avenfield properties corruption reference.

The PM and his niece embraced each other in jubilation as they celebrated the “justice” delivered to them after four years.

Four years after their conviction, Maryam and her husband were acquitted in the corruption reference after the court overturned the July 2018 verdict on Thursday.

Separately, PM Shehbaz said the “edifice of lies, slander and character assassination” had come crumbling down.

“Maryam’s acquittal in the Avenfield reference is a slap in the face of so-called accountability system that was employed to target the Sharif family. My congratulations to Maryam beti and Safdar,” he said.

On July 6, a few weeks before the elections in 2018, the accountability judge of Islamabad, who was working under the supervision of an apex court judge, convicted the Sharif family in the Avenfield apartment reference.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was handed 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond known income and one year for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Meanwhile, Maryam was given 7 years for abetment after she was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father” and one year for non-cooperation with the bureau.

Safdar was given one year jail time — for not cooperating with NAB, and aiding and abetting Nawaz and Maryam.

The Sharif family had filed appeals against its conviction before the IHC in the second week of August 2018. The court had on Sep 18 the same year suspended their sentences and released them on bail.

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