Nawaz, Maryam to challenge Avenfield verdict today

Leroy Wright
July 13, 2018

A group of alleged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) UK chapter members attempted to break in Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence in London on Sunday.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will be arrested on their arrival at any airport in Pakistan as they have been convicted in a corruption case, a senior minister said on Monday.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and his daughter earlier announced to surrender to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on their return to the country on Friday following the Avenfield verdict.

Sharif was sentenced to 10 years and Maryam seven years in jail, with hefty fines over the London properties, although neither the defendants or the prosecutors could establish their source of purchase.

"After continued raids of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at his houses in Abbotabad, Mansehra and Haripur, Captain Safdar made a decision to surrender before NAB", NAB said.

Nawaz and Maryam are now in London but have vowed to return to Pakistan on July 13.

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After the verdict on Friday, Safdar said "justice has been massacred" and railed against the judiciary. Maryam was given a prison term for allegedly providing a forged trust deed, for which Safdar was a witness.

Maryam added that the Pakistani nation will avenge the injustices done to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif by casting vote to "Sher" on July 25, while adding that there was no need to call people to rally and protest, they stand with Nawaz and will carry his campaign.

"Let me make it clear that the law enforcement agencies will arrest Nawaz and Maryam at the airport to implement the court's order", he said.

He has described the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt.

Safdar was sentenced to one year of imprisonment on July 6 in the Avenfield case.

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