Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and son-in-law Safdar acquitted in the Avenfield case

The decision was announced in the presence of all accused

According to GeoNews, Justice Athar Minallah, who was part of a two-judge bench (also featuring Justice Miangul Hassan) hearing the petition by the Sharifs, pointed out lack of evidence to prove that Nawaz owned the flats.

The National Accountability Bureau is expected to appeal the Islamabad High Court's verdict at the Supreme Court.

A Pakistani court has suspended the prison sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law, and set them free on bail pending their appeal hearings.

The court granted bail to Nawaz, Maryam and Capt Safdar and ordered them to pay Rs0.5 million as surety bonds.

Leader of the Opposition and Nawaz's younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, following the verdict took to Twitter to share a verse from Surah Al-Isra [17:81]: "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed".

The sentences will remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeals filed by the petitioners.

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The IHC accepted the appeals by them against the verdict announced by the accountability which convicted them on July 06 in the corruption case.

Sharif had been sentenced to 10 years in jail and a $10.5m fine, his daughter Maryam to a seven-year jail sentence and a $2.6m fine, and Maryam's husband Safdar to a year in prison.

The sentence and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came nearly a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

Nawaz's son-in-law was given 1 year jail time - for not cooperating with NAB, and aiding and abeting Nawaz and Maryam.

Reacting to Wednesday's decision, Senator Javed Faisal, a close aide of Prime Minister Khan, said the court only suspended Sharif's sentence and those of his family members, and did not acquit them.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were then shifted to B-Class facility in Adiala Jail.

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