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Sentences of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Capt Safdar suspended

Move comes after sentences of Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Capt Safdar were suspended

Pakistan’s high court on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending the sentences they received from an accountability court in July, domestic media said. 

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the sentences of Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt Safdar and ordered their release.

The Sharif family had challenged the Accountability Court order which convicted them on July 6 in the corruption case.

The IHC has earlier reserved the verdict after both sides concluded their arguments.

Judge Athar Minallah on Tuesday issued an initial order that even if the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor does not conclude his arguments, a verdict will be announced on the pleas.

A division bench of the IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the petitions filed by former premier Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Capt (retd) Safdar.

Geo TV and other broadcasters said the court suspended the 10-year sentence for Sharif and the seven-year term given to his daughter Maryam Nawaz over corrupt practices linked to his family’s ownership of upscale London flats.

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