Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested upon arrival to Pakistan: NAB sources

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Pakistan's accountability court on Friday found former prime minister Nawaz Sharif guilty in the Avenfield case, awarding him 10 years rigorous imprisonment for owning assets beyond his means and one additional year for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Sharif resigned as Pakistan prime minister previous year after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office and ruled that graft cases be filed against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.

Friday's rulings can be appealed.

Now both Sharif and his daughter are in London tending to Kulsoom, who is critically ill.

The case pertains to a number of properties against the Sharif family in Avenfield House, Park Lane, London. Nawaz now faces arrest if he returns to the country.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends a seminar in Islamabad in April 2018.

He said the fact is that the vote bank was of Nawaz Sharif, and Shehbaz Sharif did not have the same political following, adding that Nawaz has the right to move high courts and Supreme Court to get relief. He denies drawing the monthly salary. The PML later split and Nawaz formed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

"It is to be seen if this decision is written by a judge or a general", Safdar said.

Sharif, who at times during his premiership appeared to seek a better relationship with Pakistan's arch-enemy India, has since repeatedly accused the military of wanton political interference.

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He has framed the charges against him as a conspiracy by the powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for roughly half its 70-year history.

The timing of this sentencing is significant, coming just three weeks before the country's general elections on 25 July.

His supporters have accused the country's powerful military establishment of pressing the case against Sharif.

The verdict is from one of the three cases filed against Sharif and his family by Pakistan's federal anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau.

Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.

Sharif was not in court to hear the verdict, the climax of a two-year investigation that has gripped the nation. According to Pakistani media reports, Sharif and Maryam were in their apartment in the Avenfield building in London when the verdict was announced.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf member Jehangir Khan Tareen tweeted that Nawaz Sharif had fabricated a narrative that he was ousted for holding Iqama (work permit), adding that the former premier has been sentenced for being a "thief and money launderer". "Now robbers will not go into assemblies, but to jails", he told a roaring crowd of thousands.

Sharif also said he hadn't yet read the verdict but it reportedly stated that the prosecution couldn't prove any allegation of corruption, and this was a "matter of pride for me".

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