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Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years, Maryam 7 in Avenfield reference

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Former prime minister (PM) Pakistan and former president Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, Maryam Nawaz-Safdar has been sentenced to seven years, and Capt (retd) Safdar Awan has been sentenced to one year in prison in the Avenfield properties reference.

Furthermore, Nawaz Sharif has been fined £8 million (Rs129 crore) and Maryam £2 million (32 crore) by the accountability court. Capt (retd) Safdar wasn’t given any penalty.

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The verdict was announced by an accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir after several long delays since the 12:30 PM initial deadline.

The court had given an initial deadline of 12:30 PM, which was later delayed to 2:30 PM, then 3:00 PM, and finally 3:30PM. The sentence was finally announced by the Judge Bashir at around 4:30 PM after a brief meeting with lawyers from both sides inside his chambers.

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Strict security arrangements were made in the capital Islamabad for the announcement of one of the most important verdicts in the history of the country. The roads leading to the Federal Judicial Complex were also closed to traffic. The district administration had imposed Section 144 in the capital to discourage mass gatherings.

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