London (July 07, 2018): Pakistan Muslim League-N leader and former first daughter Maryam Nawaz announced that Nawaz Sharif and she will return to Pakistan on Friday despite being sentenced in prison in the Avenfield properties reference.
She made the announcement while talking to media in London on Saturday, a day after the accountability court’s verdict, which imposed a 10-year punishment against her father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
“It’s written in the decision that Nawaz Sharif is not involved in corruption,” she said. “My father has been acquitted from money laundering charges.”She said that her father faced accountability in General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s regime but nothing was proven against him.
The PML-N supremo’s daughter said that the Avenfield judgment given by an accountability court is solely based on assumptions.
“The United Kingdom authenticated the trust deed,” she added.
The PML-N leader said that the authorities should use their red warrants to bring back dictators who violated the constitution of Pakistan. Maryam said that consultation is underway against the decision and the lawyers are looking at the matter from legal angles when asked whether the father and daughter will return within the 10-day deadline set for appeal.
“Due process will be implied against the court’s decision,” said Maryam Nawaz, adding that the institutions in the UK have already told the Pakistani institutions that no illegality was carried out.”
On July 06, Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the verdict in the Avenfield properties reference. Apart from the prison sentence, Nawaz Sharif was given a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion), while Maryam was fined £2 million (Rs335 million).
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Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) obtained arrest warrants of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Safdar, a spokesperson of the anti-graft watchdog said.
The development comes a day after an accountability court awarded 10 years in prison to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield properties reference, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her husband were sentenced to seven years and one-year imprisonment, respectively.
The spokesperson said that NAB has also obtained a copy of the detailed verdict, and will ensure its implementation.