Hours after an anti-corruption court in Pakistan sentenced him 10 years in prison, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London for his wife treatment, said that he is not a thief and will come back to his country Pakistan. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court has also awarded 7 years and one year in jail to his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar respectively in the Avenfied corruption case. Reports say that his remarks came after his wife regained consciousness.
Addressing a press conference, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader said that he came to London to meet his wife as she has been his partner for 45 years. This partnership is not ordinary, he added.
The anti-corruption court has also imposed a fine of 8 million pounds on Pakistan former Prime Minister. After court’s verdict, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Sharif, who is also a PML(N) leader and have a long political career ahead, can’t contest elections. This decision has been announced at a time when political parties in Pakistan are preparing for general elections, which are due to held in July.
Soon after the court’s verdict, Unhappy PML(N) followers took to streets, protesting against the country’s administration. Speaking on the matter, Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif, who is also serving the president of PML(N), said that his party candidates will fight elections on all seats.
The PML(N) leader said, “We will take all legal and constitutional routes to fight for justice. Nawaz Sharif has always fought bravely.”
He further said, “All our candidates of PMLN are going to contest the election and during their campaign, they will use the platform to highlight the injustice done to us and our disappointment in the decision.”