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Pakistan court orders release of ex-PM Sharif, his daughter

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ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani court has suspended conviction of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and ordered his release on bail on Wednesday, months after he was sentenced 10 years in prison for corruption, court officials and lawyers said.

The Islamabad High Court has also ordered the release of Sharif’s daughter Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar, a retired army captain in the verdict.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Safdar were convicted in July by an anti-corruption court of not being able to prove the source of assets used to buy a set of upmarket London flats.

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The court’s verdict is seen a major morale boost for the opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party following its defeat in the general elections in July.

The court had also imposed a penalty of 10.5 million US dollars on Sharif, ordered confiscation of Sharif’s apartments in Park Lane neighborhood of London to be handed over to the Pakistani government.

After his release, Sharif flew to his family home in Lahore and was greeted by jubilant supporters at the airport.

In July 2017, Pakistan Supreme Court had dismissed Sharif as prime minister over corruption allegations and ordered the anti-corruption watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to initiate proceedings against him and his family. Sharif was also barred from politics for life.

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Jamal Khashoggi murder tapes were ‘shared’ with multiple countries : Turkey

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ISTANBUL — Turkey has shared recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the killing of Khashoggi.

Erdogan,in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying, has said that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

President Erdogan also told reporters that Saudi Arabia had to act fairly and disclose those responsible for the killing of The Washington Post journalist to rid itself of ‘suspicion’.

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“We gave them the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them,” Mr Erdogan said.

Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last month in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.

His killing provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington’s plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

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