Hours after the Islamabad high court suspended their sentences in a the Avenfield corruption case ,Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were brought to their home turf, Lahore, in a special plane after their release from prison in Islamabad.
For the embattled former PM, the Court order comes in heels of death of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz , who died in London and , Sharif was given parole to complete her funeral and was laid to rest.
It may be recalled that Sharif, Maryam and Safdar had been sentenced to 11 years, eight years and one year respectively.
However, the sentences will remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeals filed by the petitioners
A large number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party supporters, including women workers, gathered outside the Haj Terminal to welcome them.
Subsequently, the Sharif family was escorted to their Jati Umra residence located in the outskirts of Lahore.
While they were being escorted, the party supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals and chanted slogans “dekho dekho kon aya, sher aya, sher aya (see who has come, a lion has come)”.
Some of the supporters also kissed his car saying, “You are innocent, we love you.”
A large number of PML-N workers were also present at Jati Umra to greet the the former prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar.