Pakistan

ISLAMABAD  – The accountability court in Islamabad has barred Maryam Nawaz, the former first daughter, and her husband Captain (r) Safdar from contesting elections for the next 10 years.

The ‘damaging’ verdict came in the much-awaited Avenfield reference which was announced by Judge Muhammad Bashir on Friday.

Besides the embargo, Maryam Nawaz has also been sentenced to 7 years in prison along with a fine £2m which equals Rs 320 million in Pakistani currency.

Avenfield reference verdict: Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Capt (r) Safdar sentenced to prison by accountability court

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