Maryam says seven years is a small penalty for standing up to ‘invisible forces’

July 6, 2018

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz said that the penalty for standing up to invisible forces that have been active in Pakistan for the last 70 years is usually far more than what she received. She was reacting to an accountability court sentencing her to seven years in jail in the Avenfield case. 

“The penalty for standing up to the invisible forces active in Pakistan for 70 years is very small. Today our courage to fight against injustice is even greater,” she said on Twitter, soon after the court announced its ruling.

The Avenfield Reference case was filed by NAB against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, two sons and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

The court sentenced on Friday Nawaz to 10 years in prison, Maryam to seven years and Safdar to one year.

Maryam has now been disqualified from contesting the elections in NA-127.

The ECP has said that another candidate can contest in her place. It also announced that her name will be removed from the ballot papers.

Various politicians and other personalities reacted to the verdict that came as a serious blow to the PML-N’s party’s campaign ahead of the July 25 elections.


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