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Maryam Nawaz, father Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan this week?

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 08 Jul 2018

Islamabad, July 8: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said she will return to her nation from the UK with father Nawaz Sharif on Friday.

In a major blow to Nawaz Sharif ahead of the general elections, a Pakistani court on Friday handed over the former Prime Minister of the country 10 years jail term over his family’s purchase of upscale London flats.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court declared the verdict after several delays. Apart from Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif received a seven-year sentence.

"It's written in the verdict that Nawaz Sharif is not involved in corruption," Maryam was quoted as saying to reporters by Geo News.

"My father has been acquitted from money laundering charges," she said.

Meanwhile, sources informed Geo News that the former premier and his daughter will reach Lahore from London on July 13.

Apart from the jail term, Nawaz has been handed a fine of 8 million pounds.

The court has handed over 2m pounds fine by the court.

The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) since the issue came to light following the Supreme Court verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case.

The Panama Papers leak in 2015 revealed several of Sharif's children had links to offshore companies, which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets - including luxury flats in Avenfield House, on London's Park Lane, reported BBC.

As per Geo News,  following the verdict, Maryam and Safdar stand barred from contesting the July general election from Lahore and Mansehra, respectively.

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