Islamabad High Court’s Verdict In Favour Of The Sharifs Leaves Half The Country Joyous & The Other Half Angry

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Source: The Express Tribune

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.

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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…”

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Justice Minallah, in his verdict, suspended the jail terms awarded to the Sharifs and Captain Safdar by the accountability court in July this year.

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The trio will be released from jail today once the required paperwork has been taken care of.

Pakistan Reacts

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.”

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!

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.

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…

…And there are Pakistanis who seem to have lost all hope in the country’s justice system.

No matter which side of the political divide you’re on, we would suggest that you hold your reaction because…👇

SRK