Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday while reacting to the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that now corrupt leaders will not go to the parliament but will be sent to jail.
The National Accountability Bureau had filed three case related to the purchase of four flats in London's Avenfield House against Sharif and his children. The anti-corruption court has also imposed a fine of 8 million pounds on Nawaz Sharif while Maryam Sharif received a fine of two million pounds.
Maryam Nawaz on Friday said that attempts were being made to stop her father and deposed prime ministrer Nawaz Sharif from returning to Pakistan and appealed to party cadres to be positive ahead of the July 25 elections when the "real verdict" would be revealed. But in the ruling that ousted Mr. Sharif from office past year, the Supreme Court concluded that he and his family members could not adequately explain how they were able to afford the expensive London apartments and that they failed to provide a money trail.
After the conviction, it was not sure if Sharif and Maryam would come back to face rigorous imprisonment.
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The court had ordered the properties be confiscated by the federal government.
Sharif has a history of conflict with the military even though his political career was initially nurtured by military dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s.
"Sharif will be exonerated by the people's court", he said.
"No matter what the PML-N says, the decision is going to damage their vote bank", analyst Rifaat Hussain told AFP, adding that he thought it unlikely Sharif would return.
He fell out with powerful generals once he ascended to power a decade later, and the relationship between them was fraught after Sharif returned as premier in 2013, partly because Sharif challenged the military over control of foreign policy, which the generals have traditionally seen as their domain.More news: Iran to allow private sector to export oil, beat United States sanctions
The corruption controversy erupted with the publication past year of 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca documenting the offshore dealings of numerous world's rich and powerful. She has been my life partner for 45 years. Khan is also hoping to become the country's next prime minister.
Khan for his part greeted news of the verdict with jubilation at a campaign rally in the Swat valley in Pakistan's northwest.
"Today all Pakistanis must offer thanksgiving prayers because today is the beginning of a new Pakistan", he said. He denies colluding with the military and praises the disqualifications and prosecutions of PML-N figures as a long-needed crackdown on graft.
"This decision was in fact written and dictated by armed forces", Mohamed Sidique Awan, an attorney and Sharif supporter, claimed when speaking with NPR's Diaa Hadid.More news: Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation