How will Sharifs’ supporters react to possible conviction in Avenfield case? Intelligence report reveals surprising response of PML-N

  • The district administration has imposed Section 144 in the capital to discourage mass gatherings
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Security has been tightened in the capital city in order to overcome any untoward situation ahead of the much-awaited verdict in the Avenfield case against members of the Sharif family.

Amid the uncertainty, an intelligence department has gauged the expected response from the supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the unfavourable verdict.

Special branch in its report to the Punjab government said that the workers of the party would remain calm and would not take to the streets if their leader is convicted in the case, local media reported, citing sources.

The Avenfield reference pertains to the Park Lane apartments (flats 16, 16-A, 17, and 17-A Avenfield House, Park Lane, London, United Kingdom) of the Sharif family, involving former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his three children – Hassan, Hussain and Maryam – and son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar as the accused.

Sharifs guilty or innocent? Pakistan awaits Accountability court’s verdict in Avenfield case today

Judge Mohammad Bashir has reserved verdict over the Sharifs plea to delay the verdict and announced it on later today. If the petition is rejected, the court will announce the verdict in the Avenfield case today, deciding the political fate of the PML-N.

Islamabad police officials and Paramilitary troops deputed at the Federal Judicial Complex, where the court is located. The roads leading to the complex have also been closed to traffic.

Moreover, the district administration has imposed Section 144 in the capital to discourage mass gatherings.

If convicted, the accused can face up to a 14-year imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public offices, as well as the freezing of bank accounts and assets.