Nawaz Sharif Sentenced for 7 Years in Al-Azizia Steel Mills Reference Case

Muhammad Hammad Rafique

Islamabad: The former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on Monday by the accountability court in Islamabad, while in the Flagship Investment reference, he has been acquitted.

According to the court, there was much evidence against Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia reference. He failed to provide a money trial in the case and that’s why the Islamabad court ordered to send Nawaz Sharif to jail for seven years. Also, he has to pay a surcharge of $2500 million.

In the Flagship reference, there was insufficient evidence against the Former Prime Minister, thus he got clearance in that case.

As soon as the decision was made, he was taken into custody according to the instructions of the accountability court in Islamabad.

Arshad Malik who is the accountability Court II Judge reserved the decision last week and today he announced the verdict in the two corruption cases against Nawaz Sharif.

On Tuesday, NAB had submitted its final arguments in the Flagship reference case against Nawaz Sharif. On Friday, Nawaz Sharif rejected the reservations of NAB and submitted further documents in the Flagship reference in the court.

The accountability court got directions from the Supreme Court on December 7 to conclude all the cases against Nawaz Sharif by December 24.

Security is on high alert in the capital and the court has ordered to send Nawaz Sharif to Lahore Jail. Earlier, Nawaz Sharif asked the court to send him to Lahore Jail.

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