PML-N announces replacement candidates for disqualified Maryam Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad, July 7 (IBNS): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday named candidates they have selected as a replacement for Maryam Nawaz Sharif after she was disqualified from contesting in the upcoming polls following the verdict in the Avenfield case.
"The party has issued tickets to its Lahore wing president Ali Pervez Malik for NA-127, one of the constituencies Maryam was to contest the election from before she was disqualified," Geo News reported.
"For the provincial assembly seat of PP-173, Irfan Shafi Khokhar will now be contesting in Maryam’s place on the PML-N ticket," reported the Pakistani news channel.
In a major blow to Nawaz Sharif ahead of the general elections, a Pakistani court on Friday handed over the former Prime Minister of the country 10 years jail term over his family’s purchase of upscale London flats.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court declared the verdict after several delays.
Apart from Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif received a seven-year sentence.
The former PM's son-in-law Safdar Awan was given a one-year sentence by the court.
Apart from the jail term, Nawaz has been handed a fine of 8 million pounds.
The court has handed over 2m pounds fine by the court.
Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir declared the verdict on Friday.
"The court has also ruled that the Avenfield apartments of the Sharif family, in their possession since 1993, shall be seized by the federal government," reported Geo News.
The Avenfield properties reference was one of three filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) since the issue came to light following the Supreme Court verdict against Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case.
The Panama Papers leak in 2015 revealed several of Sharif's children had links to offshore companies, which were allegedly used to channel funds and buy foreign assets - including luxury flats in Avenfield House, on London's Park Lane, reported BBC.