From Avenfield to Adiala: Nawaz, Maryam begin their journey to jail

July 12, 2018

Artwork: Ayesha Ather

Nawaz Sharif, the three-time prime minister and leader of the PML-N, and his daughter Maryam are returning to Pakistan from London to surrender to the authorities on July 13.

Mr Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond his income.

Maryam was given a jail term of seven years after she was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father”.

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The verdict said: she “aided, assisted, abetted, attempted and acted in conspiracy with her father”.

“The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus,” the verdict read. For this, she has been sentenced to one year in jail as well.

Safdar, Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, was given one year in jail for not cooperating with the accountability watchdog, and aiding and abetting his wife and father-in-law.

Safdar was arrested by NAB on July 8 and sent to Adiala Jail.

Mr Sharif and Maryam were both in London with Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been battling throat cancer for the last few months.

However, the father-daughter duo cut short their stay in London and announced that they are returning to Pakistan.

According to NAB law, an accused can file an appeal against the court’s verdict within 10 days of the judgment being made public.

Nawaz and Maryam are schedule to land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6:15pm on Friday. The authorities are likely to take Nawaz and Maryam directly to Adiala Jail via helicopter.

Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president and Nawaz’s younger brother, will lead the homecoming rally. Over three hundred party workers have been arrested and are being kept in jail under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.