Nawaz Sharif announces return, says being punished for demanding respect for vote
LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Mian Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced that he is returning to Pakistan hours after an accountability court awarded him a 10-year sentence in the Avenfield reference, ARY News reported.
In his first response to the court’s verdict, Nawaz Sharif, who is in the British capital, said that he will return to the country as soon as his ailing wife regains consciousness but claimed that he is not being punished for corruption but for changing the course of country’s history and demanding respect for vote.
“I am coming back to Pakistan but will continue my struggle even if I have to go to jail,” said Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier in the day, an accountability court 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 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.