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‘Truth cannot remain hidden for long’: Hamza Shehbaz on IHC judgement

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz on Wednesday termed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order, which led to the release of his party’s supreme leader Mian Nawaz Sharif from prison, a victory of truth.

Addressing media in the provincial capital, the PML-N leader said that his party’s supreme leader attended at least 100 hearings before this day when the “justice was served”.

Hamza Shehbaz- who is also Nawaz Sharif’s nephew- maintained that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have “sacrificed a lot” for the future of this nation and will still not shy away from legal proceedings.

“Truth is truth and it cannot be hidden for long,” said the PML-N MNA.

He urged his party workers and supporters to offer prayers of gratitude over party leaders’ release.

“It would have been better if this day would’ve come earlier so Mian Nawaz Sharif could have looked after his ailing wife in London, however, everyone should now pray for the soul of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and thank God for the release of our leader,” said Hamza Shehbaz.

Earlier today, 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 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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