Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday suspended the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar in the Avenfield reference.
An accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the corruption reference while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). Additionally, Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt (r) Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.
However, as the IHC suspended the sentence, Pakistani took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the verdict.
Naturally, PML-N supporters were overjoyed.
— Irfan Najeeb (@irfannajeeb27) September 19, 2018
— Matiullah Jan (@Matiullahjan919) September 19, 2018
— mariam khawaja (@mariamkhawaja94) September 19, 2018
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf supporters on the other hand, mostly decided to school people on the legalities, while others expressed their disappointment.
#NawazSharif Sazaa suspend howee hai…. SUSPEND… معطل… Zamanat howee hai jab takk appeal sunni jaa rahi hai. Barri nahi howay Nawaz aur Maryam. Easy with the celebrations… Its a temporary relief till judgement on appeal comes.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) September 19, 2018
#NawazSharif and Maryam Nawaz are set to be released from prison.
Isn’t this an another example of scam in the country? I must say that Pakistan has become a mere joke among the world because of these Sharif dramas.
— Kiya Parmar (@kiyapag) September 19, 2018
Athar Minallah’s bias was visible for months before today’s verdict. Not surprised at all. #NawazSharif
— خلائی مخلوق (@khalai_makhl00k) September 19, 2018
Finally when everyone is hoping “ab sb kuch badal jiya ga because mulk ki judiciary ab bht strong hogai hai” then suddenly corruption god father release with respect ???? pakistan kabii nai badal sakta sorry imran khan ???? #NawazSharif
— Sardar Hamza (@SardarH06369198) September 19, 2018
Never celebrate before you win?
Zamanat hui hai bari nahi hue? the same scenes were seen after SC’s decision to form JIT..the same meethaiyans? wait and watch guys…will soon be back to adiyala jail.well…for time being congratulations ?#NawazSharif
— Rida Batool (@iamridabatool) September 19, 2018
A Black day for Pakistan.
Judge intentionally overlooked the evidence and gave relief to the criminals on petty legal lacuna.
— سائینس دار (@TimeSpaceMe) September 19, 2018