Here's how Nawaz Sharif is spending his days in Kot Lakhpat Jail

Here's how Nawaz Sharif is spending his days in Kot Lakhpat Jail

Here's how Nawaz Sharif is spending his days in Kot Lakhpat Jail

The apex court set the deadline for December 24 to wrap up the remaining two corruption cases against the Sharif family.

"First Sharif was disqualified (by the Supreme Court) for not taking salary from his son and now convicted for receiving money from his son", former minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal said while addressing a press conference with other top PML-N leaders. However, the trio was released in September by the Islamabad High Court owing to lack of evidence.

This week, the accountability court again sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in another charge related to his assets.

Last week, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) finalized the final arguments in Flagship reference against Nawaz Sharif.

The ongoing legal battle has already led him to spend 69 days at Rawalpindi's Adiala jail along with his daughter and son-inlaw while nearly two decades ago, he has also remained locked at Karachi's Malir jail along with Shehbaz Sharif - his younger brother and former Punjab chief minister who too is in the NAB custody now - in the plane hijacking case set up by military dictator Pervez Musharraf. His sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were declared absconders for failing to face the charges against them.

Whether Sharif wins his freedom in the review case or goes to prison for seven years, Pakistan will see the resurgence of political instability in the coming weeks and months. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case in July, 2017.

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Sharif was once a favorite of Pakistan's powerful generals but had a falling out and clashed with the military.

He said that the ongoing accountability process was basically a "selected accountability by a selected prime minister".

Before the verdict, hundreds of Sharif supporters threw stones outside the courthouse at police, who fired teargas. Sharif's second term as prime minister ended in 1999 after he was deposed by then army chief Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup.

He said that the people who were still defending Sharif "should be ashamed of themselves because the money involved in the scam belonged to the people of Pakistan". Since the court had reserved its judgement last week, the former ruling PML-N had been threatening to start a mass protest movement and disrupt parliamentary business if its leader was sent back to prison. Not long after, the top court also barred him from holding his party's leadership. Thereafter, scrap machinery was transported from their Ahli Steel Mills in Dubai to Jeddah to establish Al-Azizia in 2001.

Tuesday also marks Mr Sharif's 69th birthday. The JIT constituted to investigate the graft allegations insisted that the real owner of the mills was Nawaz Sharif, and it was being operated by his son on his behalf.

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