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.
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.
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.