Khursheed Shah rejects Avenfield verdict, says Nawaz would get benefit

06:15 PM | 6 Jul, 2018
Khursheed Shah rejects Avenfield verdict, says Nawaz would get benefit
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LAHORE - Former opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah rejected the verdict of Avenfield reference against Sharif family announced by accountability judge Muhammad Bashir.

Shah expressed that the timing of the verdict was wrong, adding that the verdict would benefit Nawaz Sharif.

“Announcing the verdict so close to the general elections can have multiple meanings,” he said.

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According to the Pakistan Peoples Party leader, the verdict should have been announced three months before.

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed remarked that a political bigwig has been sentenced for the first time in Pakistan’s history.

“There is no doubt that Maryam Nawaz forged the signature in the Panama Papers case. The documents were forged,” he claimed.

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Rasheed remarked that Nawaz Sharif wants the people to come out on the roads. "They expect those people to come out to whom they didn't even provide basic facilities," he said.

However, he added that all the guilty persons haven’t been punished, adding “the story of Model Town cruelty is still left.”

Highlights

  • Nawaz Sharif gets 10 years in prison, Maryam seven, and Capt (r) Safdar one year
  • The ex-PM ordered to pay a fine of £8 million (Rs1.29 billion)
  • Maryam Nawaz barred from contesting elections for next 10 years
  • Avenfield properties to be sealed on court orders
  • Perpetual arrest warrants issued for Sharif’s two sons – Hassan and Hussain
  • The much-awaited verdict was announced at 04:30pm, after delayed for fourth time
  • Accountability judge dismisses Nawaz Sharif’s plea to postpone the decision
  • Strict security arrangements in place at Islamabad’s Federal Judicial Complex
  • PML-N workers to remain calm, according to an intelligence report