A Pakistan court today ordered the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their jail sentences in a corruption case, according to local media reports. Geo TV and other broadcasters said the Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year sentence for Mr Sharif and the seven-year term given to his daughter Maryam Nawaz over corrupt practices linked to his family’s ownership of upscale London flats.
Ousted as prime minister last year by the Supreme Court over some undeclared income, Nawaz Sharif was in London with Kulsoom this year when a separate anti-graft court handed him a 10-year jail term in absentia over the ownership of luxury flats in London in the 1990s. Maryam Nawaz, his daughter and presumed political heir, was sentenced to seven years in prison on related charges. Mr Sharif’s party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which had been in power for five years, lost to the party of former cricket star Imran Khan.