Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam freed from jail

The daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Maryam Nawaz was also blocked from visiting London

The daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Maryam Nawaz was also blocked from visiting London

Pakistan's high court on Wednesday ordered the release of ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending the sentences they received from an accountability court in July, domestic media said. "The prisoners have been set free", Ishaq Cheema, an official at Adyala jail, told Reuters.

In July a year ago the Pakistani Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office over corruption allegations.

Sharif had been sentenced to 10 years in jail and a $10.5m fine, his daughter Maryam to a seven-year jail sentence and a $2.6m fine, and Maryam's husband Safdar to a year in prison.

Hearings in two other corruption cases against Sharif and his family are continuing at an anti-corruption court.

Talking to PML-N workers in the office of jail superintendent, the former prime minister said that he has done nothing wrong as his conscience is completely satisfactied and Allah Almighty is always in favour of what is right and just.

The court asked the prosecution if it wants the court to believe that he owned the property based on mere assumption, The Dawn said in a report.

However, analysts saw the decision as a definite boost for Sharif's party and supporters. Nawaz has denied any wrongdoing and says the charges are political motivated.

The duo were recently released on a bail to attend the final rites of his wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who passed away in London on September 12. He faced several court cases at home and was later convicted of concealing assets overseas.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party led by former cricketer Khan, said the judiciary was independent and the cases would continue.

The Avenfield Reference verdict came against Nawaz Sharif and his family. Sharif faced two more cases before the anti-graft tribunal and has been banned for life from public office. Sharif later went into exile after striking a deal with the military and returned in 2007 to contest an election after Musharraf stepped down in the face of mass protests. Mushahidullah Khan, a close aide to Sharif.

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