Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Shifted To Kot Lakhpat Jail In Lahore

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves the Supreme Court after the land case hearing in Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison in controversial corruption case

Five months ago, Sharif's PML-N lost a general election to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan, the new prime minister whose anti-corruption campaign and street protests spurred the cases against Sharif.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who succeeded Sharif as prime minister past year, said the PML-N would appeal the verdict but would "not resort to violence".

Sharif was found guilty of corruption charges relating to the purchase of Al-Azizia Steel Mills where prosecutors alleged that the Sharif family misappropriated government funds to buy the mills.

Maryam claimed that "all the verdicts against Sharif were regarding the personal business of his deceased father (Mian Sharif)", adding that "when they could not find anything they announced the verdict on assumptions".

The former prime minister and his family have insisted that they used legitimate financial resources but were unable to disclose them before either the accountability court or the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif from politics for life over the allegations past year, and directed an anti-corruption body to investigate three different charges regarding his family's properties and businesses. However, the trio was released in September by the Islamabad High Court owing to lack of evidence.

Sharif's sons - Hassan and Hussain - who are not in Pakistan, were declared absconders.

Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda Wednesday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had offered $2 billion as a plea-bargain through different sources.

Sharif, his daughter and her husband Muhammad Safdar have been barred from Pakistani political activities for 10 years. He was acquitted in another trial involving Flagship Investment.

Speaking on the occasion, former federal minister Ahsan Iqbal said, "The first case in which Nawaz Sharif was disqualified, the crime ascertained was that he did not take salary from his son,".

"Nawaz Sharif is trying for plea bargain by offering two billion U.S. dollars to set him free, through various sources", Vawda continued.

His daughter, Maryam, who some believed was Sharif's heir apparent, had her seven-year prison sentence suspended in September, as well.

Following the verdict announcement, PML-N supporters clashed with security personnel.

The verdict came after Sharif was removed from power previous year over corruption allegations.

Today also marks Sharif's 69th birthday.

The two cases on which the court ruled Monday were related to Sharif's foreign assets, which he insists are owned by his sons.

Citing the special prosecutor in the case, Dawn explains that the case against Sharif revolved around whether or not corruption was at play when his family established the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment in Saudi Arabia and Flagship Investment in the United Kingdom.

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