Former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar were released from Adiala prison Wednesday evening after the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences in the Avenfield corruption reference.
The convictions are still under appeal with the same Islamabad High Court, but the judge said they should be freed immediately while the case continues.
The court granted bail to Nawaz, Maryam and Capt Safdar and ordered them to pay Rs0.5 million as surety bonds.
The Sharifs were taken to Nur Khan Airbase, Chaklala, from where they will be flown to Lahore in a private aircraft.
The two-judge bench ordered the release of the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law from the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
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Justice Miangul Hassan and Justice Athar Minallah gave the decision on the plea submitted by Nawaz Sharif and family in the Avenfield case. A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including Shehbaz Sharif, Pervaiz Rashid and Khurram Dastgir, were present in the courtroom for the hearing. Their convictions will stand, although their sentences have been suspended.
"They will still have to prove their innocence in their appeal, which they have filed before the Islamabad High court", he remarked. The charges stemmed from the so-called leaked papers from a Panama law firm. The bench also imposed a fine on the NAB lawyers earlier for using delaying tactics.
Responding to the question, NAB prosecutor said the accused adopted the stance in Supreme Court (SC) that they bought London flats by selling Gulf Steel Mills.
"After it came to light that the Sharif family had purchased several lavish apartments in London through offshore companies, Pakistan's Supreme Court found that the disgraced prime minister had failed to properly disclose his financial assets - several of which were "disproportionate to his means of income" - and disqualified him from office. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart". When the anti-graft tribunal first convicted and sentenced Sharif on July 6, he was in London with his daughter, visiting his critically ill wife. "Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart", he tweeted.