Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif Al Azizia has been acquitted in corruption case. On Tuesday, Islamabad High Court acquitted him from this case. Pakistani media Dawn reported this information.
The Al Azizia case was the latest corruption case against Nawaz Sharif. Political analysts believe that getting acquitted from this case will give a big relief to Nawaz Sharif before the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Nawaz Sharif was convicted in three corruption cases and went to jail when he was Prime Minister of Pakistan. After that he got out of prison and spent four years in ‘voluntary exile’ abroad. He recently returned to Pakistan from London and got acquitted from three cases within a month and a half.
National elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on February 8 next year. His earlier acquittal from all the cases fueled the speculation of him becoming the prime minister.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted in the Azizia Steel corruption case on 24 December 2018. Lahore anti-corruption court sentenced him to 7 years imprisonment. Before that, Nawaz Sharif lost his prime ministership on the orders of the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017 due to the Panama Papers scandal. Then the Supreme Court of Pakistan said in an order that Nawaz Sharif cannot hold any post in the party for life. He was also accused of hiding huge amount of assets beyond known income.
Nawaz Sharif went into voluntary exile in London after serving a few days in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. After staying in London for four years, he returned to Pakistan on October 21.