‘Truth comes out’: Nawaz rejoices at Maryam’s acquittal in Avenfield case

Allah has shown the truth to the entire world, says former premier


News Desk September 29, 2022
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is speaking to the media in London. SCREENGRAB

Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict in the Avenfield reference, saying “truth came out in front of everyone”.

The IHC on Thursday acquitted PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield reference case.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the appeals against the conviction of Maryam and Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield case.

The court had accepted the appeals of PML-N vice president and her husband after four years as Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar’s counsel had raised questions over the conviction of their clients in Avenfield Apartments corruption reference, saying the case lacked evidence from the very beginning.

“You may remember that I said many years ago that I have left my matter to Allah. Today, Allah has shown truth to entire world,” he said while speaking to the media in London on Thursday.

Also read: Nawaz Sharif returning to Pakistan in September, says Javed Latif

Nawaz was sentenced in 2018, to a total of 11 years of imprisonment and was issued Rs1.3 billion fine in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties references.

His sentence was suspended in 2019 by the Lahore High Court on medical grounds and he was permitted to fly to London to seek treatment, after which he did not return.

There are speculations that there has been a change of heart of powers that be towards the elder Sharif and steps are being taken to allow him to return to the country as his younger sibling Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif holds on to power. The ruling party has already speculated about his return in September, and there are rumours that his cases will also be taken care of systematically.

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