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NAB decides to challenge suspension of Sharifs’ jail terms

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to challenge today’s ruling of the Islamabad High Court that ordered release of former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar on bail.

The decision to challenge the ruling was taken during a meeting of the bureau presided over by its chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal.

The NAB will file an appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court once it gets a copy of the ruling.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) today suspended the conviction of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield properties case.

A division bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended their sentence through a short verdict.

The bench ordered release of the incarcerated members of the Sharif family against a surety bond of Rs500, 000 each.

The verdict came on a petition filed by Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and her spouse seeking suspension of the Avenfield verdict until a final decision on their appeals against the sentence.

Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and her spouse Safdar, were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case on July 6. Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to ten years in prison, while Maryam was imprisoned for seven years.

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