Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam freed from jail

Erika Holt
September 20, 2018

"Soon after the news spread, supporters of the former prime minister and his daughter Mariam Nawaz danced in the streets, distributed candies and chanted slogans", NPR's Diaa Hadid reports from Karachi. Moreover, the workers showered rose petals on the convoy of Nawaz Sharif as it left the prison premises. "The prisoners have been set free", Ishaq Cheema, an official at Adyala jail, told Reuters.

The High Court was hearing the petitions filed by Sharifs and Safdar against the July 6 verdict by the accountability court.

However, analysts saw the decision as a definite boost for Sharif's party and supporters.

Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister of Pakistan, has been released from prison on bail as he challenges his conviction and 10-year prison sentence.

Nawaz Sharif and his family have challenged in the Accountability Court order which convicted them on July 06 in the corruption case.

Dozens of jubilant supporters chanted "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif!" outside the court after the decision was announced. He was arrested on July 13 upon returning from London, where his wife was receiving treatment before her death this month.

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"The Sharif family has shown no indication they intend to accept the sentences". Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the properties.

Both appealed against the sentences and have denied any wrongdoing.

On September 11, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz died in London after a protracted battle with throat cancer. The trio were briefly allowed out of the high-security Adiala Jail on parole to attend her funeral.

He repeatedly called the cases against him politically motivated, suggesting collusion between the powerful military and the courts to destabilise his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and throw him out of power.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party led by former cricketer Khan, said the judiciary was independent and the cases would continue. Sharif faced two more cases before the anti-graft tribunal and has been banned for life from public office.

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