“The decision is flawed, politically motivated and has glaring loopholes, ” he said .
Zahid Hussain, a political author and journalist based in Islamabad, said that the verdict would mark “the end of the Sharif political dynasty.” Before his political demise, Sharif had been at the helm of Pakistan’s turbulent politics for more than three decades .
“The conviction of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter has dealt a huge blow to the former prime minister, ” Hussain told CNN. “This is the first time a former “ministers ” has been convicted on corruption charges in Pakistani history.”
“This is the end of Mariam Nawaz’s career before it even started, ” he added .
Hussain also expects huge ramifications in the political landscape ahead of the election. “The verdict has changed the political dynamics in Pakistan totally, ” he said. “There is already demoralization amongst the PMLN nominees and early polls have shown that the PMLN has been losing ground to their main adversary, the PTI, Imran Khan’s party.”
Sharif was ordered by the Supreme court to step down from the Prime Minister’s office in July 2017
following a government investigated by his family’s wealth after publication of the Panama Papers .
The court ruled that Sharif had been dishonest to Parliament and to the justice system and was no longer fit for office .
Sharif was not named in the Panama Papers, but his three children were linked in the documents to offshore companies .
The National Accountability Bureau( NAB) afterward found that Sharif had acquired four apartments in Avenfield House, a luxury apartment block close to Hyde Park in London. It is those properties that are due to be confiscated, according to the verdict .
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