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Checkpoint sets up outside Sharifs’ residence in Jati Umra

LAHORE: As Sharifs reached their home in Lahore after release from Adiala prison last night, a police check post was set up outside their residence in Jati Umra, ARY New reported.

A heavy contingent of police have been posted on the checkpoint and the commoners were prohibited from entering into the area.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar were released from Adiala Jail in pursuance of Islamabad High Court order on Wednesday.

A huge number of party supporters and leaders reached Rawalpindi from where the central leadership of their party was released after legal formalities.

The former PM, his daughter and son-in-law were accorded a similar welcome when they arrived in Lahore.

Party workers showered rose-petals on their caravan from airport to their residence, distributed sweets and raised slogans in their favour.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court suspended the prison sentences handed to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference.

An IHC division bench, while hearing the appeals of the Sharifs and Capt Safdar against the July 6 accountability court verdict, accepted their petitions, ruling that the sentences would remain suspended until the final judgement on their appeals against the Avenfield reference verdict.

An accountability court on July 6, had handed Nawaz Sharif 10 years jail term for owning assets beyond income and one year for not cooperating with NAB in the Avenfield properties corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given seven years in prison and her husband Captain Safdar was given one year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.

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