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Nawaz Sharif Set To Challenge His Conviction Soon

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Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s ousted prime minister reportedly as media reports suggest,  will  soon challenge his conviction in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case in the Islamabad High Court this week, his lawyer said on Sunday, after the PML-N supremo was sentenced to seven years in jail for corruption.

Three cases – Avenfield properties case, Flagship Investment case and Al-Azizia Steel Mills case – were launched against the Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 8, 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif as prime minister in the high-profile Panama Papers case in July last year.

Last Monday, an anti-corruption court in Islamabad sentenced 68-year-old Sharif to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case but acquitted him in the Flagship Investment case.

The accountability court had also imposed a fine of USD 2.5 million and 1.5 million pounds on Sharif.

“We have almost finalised the draft of the appeal against the verdict (against Sharif) and will file it in the Islamabad High Court this week,” Sharif’s lawyer Khwaja Haris told PTI.

He said “We are hopeful to get relief from the high court as there are many loopholes in the judgment of the accountability court”.

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