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‘As you sow, so shall you reap’, Imran said on Avenfield verdict

SWAT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday while reacting to the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that now corrupt leaders will not go to the parliament but will be sent to jail.

Addressing a public gathering in Lower Dir on Friday, he said that Nawaz Sharif has gotten what he had done so far, adding that the ex-PM lied to conceal his London properties.

The PTI chairman said that his party raised the issue in the parliament but nothing was done, adding that Nawaz Sharif’s sons admitted of the ownership of London flats when Panama Papers scandal emerged.

Khan went on to say that he had been raising the issue of London flats since 1998 but no one pay heed to what he was saying.

He said that when his party staged protest demonstration in London against Sharif family’s flats in 1998 because the nation’s money was sent abroad. “They looted money and made properties in London,” he added.

The PTI chairman said: “All Pakistanis should today bow down before Allah Almighty in gratitude.”

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan credited his party for taking the Panama scandal into the court.

Khan held a consultation meeting with party leaders in Bani Gala which was attended by senator Shibli Faraz, senator Faisal Javed and Iftikhar Durrani.

Meanwhile, 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.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were in those apartments as they listened to the verdict.

He, Maryam Naand Mr. Safdar have all denied any wrongdoing in the corruption case. But in the ruling that ousted Mr. Sharif from office last year, the Supreme Court concluded that he and his family members could not adequately explain how they were able to afford the expensive London apartments and that they failed to provide a money trail.

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