Pakistan court orders release of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif

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 again the prime minister ... for a record fourth time".

The trio were briefly allowed out of the high-security Adiala Jail on parole to attend her funeral.

Former Punjab CM and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif had reached Adiala jail to take his brother and party supremo with him.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb gave the judgment on petitions filed by Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar challenging the Avenfield verdict against them.

Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Raheel Munir, Mehtab Khan and Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the Jail Superintendent's room. The court accepted the petitions and ruled that they should be immediately freed while it continues to hear the appeals.

A date will now be fixed for the hearing of the appeals.

"Soon after the news spread, supporters of the former prime minister and his daughter Mariam Nawaz danced in the streets, distributed candies and chanted slogans", NPR's Diaa Hadid reports from Karachi.

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The Avenfield Reference verdict came against Nawaz Sharif and his family.

Hamza further said that it had been proven that the accountability court's verdict against former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law was "weak".

The development is the latest twist in a series of court cases involving the former prime minister, beginning with his ouster from office a year ago in the Panama Papers verdict to facing multiple corruption references in the accountability court.

The court also freed Sharif's daughter and political heir Maryam, who was jailed for seven years on corruption charges relating to the family's acquisition of the London flats.

Maryam Nawaz and Captain (r) Safdar, who were candidates for the general elections 2018, were also disqualified from contesting elections for 10 years each.

A two member bench, led by Minallah, suspended the jail sentences while hearing the Sharifs' appeal against their convictions. He said Maryam Nawaz had told the Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that she is her father's dependent.

The court asked the prosecution if it wants the court to believe that he owned the property based on mere assumption, The Dawn said in a report.

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