The accountability court on Friday announced the verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), handing ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 year for not cooperating with NAB, Dawn reported.

The sentences will run concurrently so he will serve 10 years in jail.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was handed 7 years for abetment and 1 year for non-cooperation — also to run concurrently, so she will serve 7 years in total.

Son-in-law Captain Safdar has been given 1 year jail time for also not cooperating with NAB.


Nawaz has been handed a fine of 8 million pounds, while Maryam has been fined 2m pounds. The money will go into the state treasury.

NAB had filed the reference, along with two others, on the Supreme Court’s directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year which deseated then PM Nawaz.

Four members of the Sharif family ─ Nawaz, Maryam, Hassan and Hussain ─ are in London, while Captain Safdar is in Pakistan, but is not present in court.

Soon after the verdict, Maryam took to Twitter to share this message: “This is a very small punishment for firmly standing in front of unseen forces. The morale to fight against oppression has increased today.”

This post was published on July 6, 2018