The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended the sentences awarded to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar.
A division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb also allowed petitions filed by Sharif family members against the accountability court’s July 6 verdict in Avenfield reference case which found them guilty of corruption and sentenced them to imprisonment and fines.
“The instant writ petition is allowed and sentence awarded to the petitioners by the accountability court shall remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeal filed by the petitioner,” reads the judgment. “The petitioner shall be released on bail subject to furnishing bail bonds in the sum of Rs500,000 with one surety in the amount to the satisfaction of deputy registrar of the high court.”
he order allows the release of Sharif family members from Rawalipindi Central Jail – where they have been incarcerated since July 13.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, in a meeting, said NAB will appeal in the apex court against IHC’s verdict.
The hearing was attended by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif along with Mushahiddullah Khan, Raja Zafarul Haq, Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal and others.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Nawaz’s younger brother tweeted a Quranic verse to express gratitude on suspension of the sentences.