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‘Corruption country’s biggest issue’: Imran Khan responds to suspension of Sharifs’ sentences

ISLAMABAD: In his first response to Islamabad High Court order regarding release of members of Sharif family, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that government fully respects all orders and verdicts of courts of the country, ARY News reported.

During a consultation meeting at his Bani Gala residence, the PM said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) doesn’t believe in politics of revenge, adding that the courts enjoy full independence under the party’s government.

The PM said that corruption is country’s biggest issue and PTI government believes in strengthening state institutions so they can catch powerful criminals.

Party leader Babar Awan briefed the premier about the legal aspects of the IHC order.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Finance Minister Asad Umer, and PM’s adviser Naeemul Haque also attended the meeting.

The IHC order

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday 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 by the Sharifs and Capt Safdar against the July 6 accountability court verdict. The judges accepted the convicts’ petitions against the Avenfield verdict, ruling that the sentences would remain suspended until the final judgement on their appeals.

An accountability court on July 6, had handed Nawaz Sharif 10 years as jail time for owning assets beyond income and 1 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 7 years for abetment, and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar was given 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.

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