LAHORE: As soon as the accountability court announced verdict of the Avenfield reference against former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his family, the workers of PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took to the street across the country some distributing sweets while others expressing their anger over the verdict.
The PML-N activists staged protest demonstration across the country against the verdict and chanted slogans in favor of their leaders.
Despite stringent security measure in and around the Judicial Complex, the workers of PML-N were present and staged protest as soon as the court announced the judgement.
The women PML-N workers cried after the verdict was announced.
On the other hand, jubilant PTI workers pour out onto streets to celebrate the accountability court verdict.
The PTI workers across the country including Faisalabad, Karachi and Multan came on roads in celebration and distributed sweets. The PTI lawyers in Multan danced and distributed sweets in district bar.
Earlier, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia by the accountability court, in a verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month.
The sentence, 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came almost a year after Supreme Court removed Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.
The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.
The verdict marked a further fall for the PML-N supremo, who has been Pakistan’s prime minister three times but never completed a term.
From the start of the ex-PM’s legal troubles in 2016, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband, Muhammad Safdar, were also convicted, with Ms. Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds and Safdar sentenced to one year in prison.
The court also ordered the seizure of the Sharif family’s four apartments at Avenfield House, a luxury building next to Hyde Park in London.