Pakistan Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, Sentenced To 7 Years Jail In Corruption Case

| December 24 , 2018 , 17:35 IST

The anti-corruption court in Islamabad gave Pakistan former PM Nawaz Sharif a seven-year term jail on Monday in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case and also he was acquitted in Flagship Investment case.

Accountability Court II Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik announced the verdict in the two remaining corruption cases against the Sharif family, after reserving the decision last week.

Sharif was arrested inside the court and is expected to be transferred to jail soon.

Nawaz while talking to senior party leaders in a special meeting in Islamabad before going to the court on Sunday said, "I do not have any sort of fear; my conscience is clear. I have done nothing that would force me to bow my head. I have always served the country and this nation with absolute honesty."

Three cases - Avenfield properties case, Flagship Investment case and Al-Azizia steel mills case - were launched by the National Accountability Bureau on September 8, 2017, following a judgment by the apex court that disqualified Sharif.

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Sharif’s daughter Maryam and son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar was also convicted in the Avenfield properties case. His two sons – Hassan and Hussain – were also co-accused in all three cases but they were declared absconders for failing to appear before the court even for a single time.