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The Rise And Fall Of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's Three-Time Leader: Timeline

07 July 2018

In the Accountability Court's verdict on Friday, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Maryam for 7 years and her husband Safdar for one year, in a serious blow to PML-N's troubled campaign ahead of the July 25 elections.

While Sharif was fined 8 million pounds (USD 10 million), his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2 million pound (USD 2.6 million) fine. The reference pertains to the ownership of the Sharif family's apartments at Avenfield House, London.

Mr. Sharif was disqualified as Prime Minister in July 2017 by the Supreme Court following a challenge to his office by Opposition leader Imran khan on the basis of publication of the Panama Papers, which alleged that the Sharif family stashed away assets in London through offshore companies Nescoll and Nelson.

He now stands as an exemplar of two of the country's most central issues: as a staunch defender of civilian governance amid military manipulation, and as a symbol of a venal Pakistani elite that has alienated much of the public.

Maryam Nawaz, daughter of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The NAB court has also asked the federal government to confiscate the properties.

He said Sharif made Pakistan a nuclear power by rejecting worldwide pressures and served this country. Son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar has also been given one year for not cooperating in the probe. Sharif's daughter, Maryam Sharif too has received a seven-year sentence. She has cancer and has been on a ventilator, according to officials with Sharif's political party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

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The decision against the Sharifs comes ahead of the July 25 polls, as well as media complaints that the press is being muzzled.

In 1993 he was sacked from his first term as premier for corruption, while in 1999 he was sentenced to life in prison after his second term in office ended with a military coup.

The PML-N immediately rejected the verdict, calling it legally flawed.

Accountability Court Judge Mohammad Bashir announced the sentence after several delays.

Sharif has argued that the military, in cahoots with top members of the judiciary, has used a series of cases against him and others in his party to tip the scales in favour of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in the run-up to the election.

Rasheed even said, "They expect those people to come out to whom they didn't even provide basic facilities". So, a powerful civilian leader Nawaz Sharif was a thorn for the army.

Khan is also hoping to become the country's next prime minister.

The Rise And Fall Of Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's Three-Time Leader: Timeline