Court orders release of former Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif

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A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption at first instance, pending the end of the appeals process. learned from his lawyer.

“The Islamabad High Court has ordered the suspension of the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law […] and ordered their release on bail pending a final decision,” he said. said Khawaja Haris to AFP.

Dozens of activists from the Pakistani Muslim League (PML-N), the party he founded, welcomed the decision by chanting slogans to the glory of “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif” outside the court. AFP.

“The court suspended a decision that was based on revenge,” Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told reporters.

“This trial is important because even a blind man would see that the law was not part of the decision, which was just a ballot before the elections to allow Imran Khan to win,” he added.

Nawaz Sharif was dismissed in 2017 from his position as head of government by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which later banned him for any political term. He was therefore unable to stand in the general elections of 25 July, which were won by former cricket champion Imran Khan.

Mr. Sharif has not stopped since denouncing a conspiracy of the powerful Pakistani army against him and in favor of Imran Khan.

The former head of government was imprisoned on 13 July after a controversial procedure. Last week he was released on parole after the death of his wife in London but was returned to custody after the burial.

Kulsoom Nawaz succumbed last week to cancer and was buried Friday in Lahore (East), the second largest city in the country and the stronghold of Sharif.

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