Pakistan's Ex-Prime Minister Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Security personnel have been deployed at the accountability court today. ─ DawnNewsTV

Security personnel have been deployed at the accountability court today. ─ DawnNewsTV

The court has ordered confiscation of the properties.

"The verdict against Nawaz should not influence the forthcoming elections", he said while speaking to media, stressing that the polls should not be rescheduled following the verdict.

But the only legal option open to the party is appealing against the verdict at the Islamabad High Court.

Sharif's party, the Pakistan Muslim League, rejected the ruling as a grave injustice to the popular former leader.

"A two-judge bench will then decide his fate, but it is unlikely to make any difference".

In an apparent reference to military dictators, Sharif said he wished those who violated the Constitution and laws were punished as speedily as the anti-graft court concluded the case against him.

Recent surveys show that up to 22 per cent of Pakistani voters are undecided ahead of July 25, he said, and with further serious allegations of corruption against the PML-N leadership there is little chance of Sharif mobilising the "sympathy factor" after the verdict to draw those voters in.

Last month Pakistan was put on the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force's "Grey List" for failing to curb anti-terror financing and there are many in the country who fear a government led by Imran Khan will champion conservative Islamic ideals and encourage more radicalization in the country and that this will only lead to more instability, in Pakistan and across South Asia.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Awami Muslim League termed the verdict historical, while other political parties called for across-the-board accountability.

Sharif, who at times during his premiership appeared to seek a better relationship with Pakistan's arch-enemy India, has since his ouster repeatedly accused the military of wanton political interference. The roads leading to the complex have also been closed to the general traffic.

"Nawaz will benefit from this verdict", he said. Such actions, according to the professor, generally send positive signals to supporters.

A political ally said Sharif would return to Pakistan from London to file an appeal, facing arrest on arrival just before the election, in which his party is in a close race with opposition figure Imran Khan's party.

But it is not as if PML-N had not factored in such a verdict.

"The impact was much worse in dollar terms", said Ehtisham Khan, head of capital markets at Pak-Brunei Investment Company. The timing and nature of sentencing of the Sharifs in the Avenfield case suggest an insidious strategy by the army to interfere in the electoral process, under the façade of an independent judiciary seeking to weed out corruption.

On Wednesday, the former premier asked the accountability court to delay the verdict saying, "My wife has been on a ventilator since the last 21 days". "When it opens on Monday, the market is expected to return to fundamentals and a degree of normalcy".

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