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Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar released from Adiala jail

Former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Mohammad Safdar were released from Adiala prison Wednesday evening after the Islamabad High Court suspended their sentences in the Avenfield corruption reference.
The former premier, his daughter and son-in-law are being taken to Noor Khan Airbase amid stringent security. They will leave for Lahore via a special plane.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif had arrived at Adiala prison to take the former premier with him.
A large number of party workers have also been accompanying the PML-N supremo to the airbase. Jubilant workers have been chanting slogans and showering the ex-premier’s vehicle with rose petals.
Earlier in the day, the IHC suspended sentences of Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference.
A two-member bench, comprising Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, gave the judgment on petitions filed by the three convicts challenging the Avenfield verdict against them.
Justice Minallah read the judgment and suspended the sentences handed to the three by accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir on July 6. The sentences will remain suspended till the final adjudication of the appeals filed by the petitioners.
On July 6, accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir had convicted Nawaz, Maryam and Capt (retd) Safdar in the Avenfield properties reference and sentenced them to 11, eight and one year, respectively.