The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday suspended the jail term for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference case. The high court ordered their release suspending the sentences a lower court handed them in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London. The shocking verdict left everyone talking online and most were very unhappy.
The convictions are still under appeal with the same Islamabad High Court, but the judge said they should be freed immediately while the case continues, Reuters reported. “The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif,” Justice Athar Minallah told the court. “It also failed to prove how was Maryam Nawaz sentenced under the same charge sheet which convicted Nawaz Sharif.”
While supporters of Sharif broke out in exuberant celebrations, reaction online was quite different.