In addition to the sentencing, Sharif and Maryam have been fined 8 million British pounds and 2 million pounds respectively. The PTI's clamouring for a trial led the court to hear the petition on Sharif for corruption after the Panama Papers accused his family of money laundering.
The Avenfield case was one of three references filed by NAB on orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the landmark Panama Case verdict on July 28, 2017.
He now stands as an exemplar of two of the country's most central issues: as a staunch defender of civilian governance amid military manipulation, and as a symbol of a venal Pakistani elite that has alienated much of the public.
Sharif, his daughter and his son-in-law all received prison sentences Friday for their roles in the massive corruption scandal that brought down his premiership. The three-time premier is living in London with his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, long groomed as her father's heir apparent, who was sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from politics for a decade.
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The court delivered the verdict after postponing it for four times in the Avenfield corruption case - pertaining to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London. Maryam's husband and PML-N lawmaker Muhammad Safdar was sentanced to one year in prison, prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said. The party is now headed by Mr. Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif.
Shehbaz Sharif vowed that he will go to every "nook and corner of the country to make the masses aware of the miscarriage of justice" - and that another verdict, this time in the "court of the people", is set to be rendered in the July 25 elections.
Sharif has a history of conflict with the military even though his political career was initially nurtured by military dictator Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s.
Khan is running on a socially conservative, anti-corruption platform.
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"PML-N will not perish politically as it has a strong base in northern Punjab".
PML-N officials also accuse the military of using its muscle to twist the arm of the media to restrict coverage of criticism of the judiciary and military by Sharif and his allies. "Nawaz Sharif has always fought bravely", he added.
Sharif said that if the punishment for "demanding respect for the vote is jail, I am coming to face it".
"We are still deliberating the appeal option but I feel we should take it", said Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, former federal minister and PML-N spokesperson.
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He also caused a stir in 2012 when he declared in a post-match interview after a game with Granada: "I'm sad and the club know why".
He never appeared before the accountability court despite several notices.
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