Nawaz to be provided ‘better facilities’ at Lahore’s Kot Lahpat jail

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

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court banned the trading and transfers of the properties of the Zardari Group, Bahria Town and Omni Group which are mentioned in a report submitted by the JIT probing the fake bank accounts case.

Decision over corruption references against Nawaz Sharif announced today by the Accountability Court.

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the steel mill he owned in Saudi Arabia.

The anti-corruption court in Islamabad gave Sharif a seven-year term for investments beyond his declared assets.

This May Sharif, 68, had also been sentenced to 10 years in jail in a corruption case stemming from the whistleblower Panama papers scandal by an accountability court, but the Islamabad High Court suspended the conviction in September. He appealed that sentence and was released on bail in September, along with his daughter and her husband, who were co-accused in the case stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm.

Security was beefed up around the court, with heavy contingents of police and Rangers deployed around the building and along roads leading to the court.

Security was tight at the court, with some scuffles breaking out between Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters and security forces, who responded with tear gas. The apex court initially set six month deadline to conclude the cases but it was subsequently increased around eight times on the request of the accountability court.

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Sharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier this year in absentia.

At the end of hearing, PML-N supremo and former thrice prime minister stepped up to the rostrum and said to accountability court judge Arshad Malik "is this my last appearance before court?"

Shehbaz Sharif, his younger brother and three-time chief minister of Punjab, the country's most populous province, is already in NAB custody in connection with a housing scam.

"Not a penny of corruption has been proven against me.I am very happy that I have done my duty, and I think that since I have stepped in politics I have never indulged in corruption nor have misused my power", he had said.

The military has denied exerting any influence over the court proceedings.

During the meeting, the duo discussed various aspects of post-verdict situation, and agreed to launch a mass contact campaign in view of a guilty verdict landing Nawaz Sharif behind the bars (as the case may be).

Judge Malik said that there was no case against Sharif in the Flagship reference.

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