Judge who sentenced Nawaz recuses himself from hearing two more NAB references

Arturo Kim
July 18, 2018

Uniformed men escorted the Sharifs from the airplane soon after it touched down in Lahore.

The appeal highlighted the legal flaws in the Avenfield verdict and pleaded to nullify the Islamabad Accountability Court's verdict.

Sharif faces a 10 year prison sentence after being found guilty in absentia of corruption charges last week.

They were arrested upon their arrival in Lahore Airport Friday night, and placed in a special flight to Islamabad to be transported to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. The NAB team took them into custody.

She condemned the police for using force to stop PML-N workers.

It came after Mr Shahbaz, Mr Sharif's younger brother and former chief minister of the province, visited Mr Sharif with his family on Saturday.

The Sharifs arrived in Pakistan's second city from the United Kingdom on Friday evening, submitting themselves for arrest after they were convicted by an anti-corruption court last week, Geo TV and Dawn newspaper reported.

Nawaz and his sons are accused in all three graft references whereas Maryam Nawaz and Safdar were accused in the Avenfield reference only.

Meanwhile, the Punjab home department notified "Better Class" category in Adiala jail for the former prime minister and his son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar on their formal requests, while Maryam refused to apply for the better class.

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Nawaz and his family are facing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of Supreme Court's July 28 judgment in the Panama Papers case.

Shahbaz Sharif, who past year inherited the leadership of PMLN, said in a statement last Friday that the party "strongly rejects" the guilty verdict.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader complained to the legal team about the lack of facilities in the room in which he is being kept.

Nawaz Sharif also wanted party leaders to highlight the government's plan to conduct the trial of the rest of the corruption references against him in Adiala jail for which the law ministry had already issued a notification.

Even as Sharif was set to arrive in Pakistan on his way back, the government went on an intense crackdown against his supporters in Lahore. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

In a video released Friday morning by the Pakistan Muslim League Noon (PMLN) party, Sharif could be seen addressing his supporters from inside an airplane, stating that he was returning to Pakistan as a "sacrifice for the future generations of the country and for its political stability".

Sharif had stepped down as prime minister in July after the apex court's ruling.

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The army has strongly rejected charges it is meddling in the democratic process, or muzzling the media, to rig the polls in favor of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, led by sports celebrity Imran Khan. The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in more than a year and the third incident of election-related violence this week.

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