The Sharifs are once again the top Twitter trend in Pakistan. However, unlike the last few times (and after many months) the Sharif family has something to celebrate.
Earlier today Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the jail sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Safdar in the Avenfield Corruption Reference.
Following the final arguments of the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) special prosecutor, Mohammad Akram Qureshi, Justice Athar Minallah stated, “…the NAB, after conducting thorough investigation, couldn’t bring any evidence of Nawaz Sharif’s ownership…”
Justice Minallah, in his verdict, suspended the jail terms awarded to the Sharifs and Captain Safdar by the accountability court in July this year.
The trio will be released from jail today once the required paperwork has been taken care of.
Being a deeply divided country as far as politics is concerned, Pakistanis have exhibited diametrically opposite reactions to the suspension of Sharifs’ jail sentences.
The Sharif family members were understandably in a celebratory mood. Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif tweeted a verse from Surah Al-Isra, which is translated as:
“Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.”
وَ قُلْ جَآءَالْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَطِلُ، إِنَّ الْبَطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 19, 2018
The PML-N loyalists, who had been grieving ever since the Avenfield verdict put former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter in jail, cannot stop gushing with happiness!
Finally: Victory of truth
— Farooq Abdullah (@khfabdullah) September 19, 2018
— mariam khawaja (@mariamkhawaja94) September 19, 2018
A wounded fiercer lion is out of cage. #NawazSharif
— Fahad Malik (@Fahad4014) September 19, 2018
Then there are of course those, who had, only two months ago celebrated the Avenfield verdict predicting a new, corruption-free Pakistan and are now feeling completely alienated.
Our Judicial system is a joke. Where rapists of kids roam free who belong to lower class & can't even pay bail money, how can you expect the multi billionaire looters to stay inside. A dark day.#NawazSharif
— Khadija Abbas (@TheKhadijaAbbas) September 19, 2018
Similarly, on one hand there are those Pakistanis who want the former PM to return home via GT Road so that they can become part of the caravan that leads their leader home…
Mian Sahib must come via GT Road
He is grieving, he is broken but he is Sher. He has to boost his political workers #NawazSharif
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) September 19, 2018
…And there are Pakistanis who seem to have lost all hope in the country’s justice system.
— Meh Noor 🇵🇰 (@mehnoornisar) September 19, 2018
No matter which side of the political divide you’re on, we would suggest that you hold your reaction because…👇