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Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistan election 2018: Maryam Nawaz's replacement candidate announced

Pakistan election 2018: Maryam Nawaz's replacement candidate announced

The federal authorities on Saturday placed on the blacklist the name of Capt (retd) Safdar who along with his father-in-law former premier Nawaz Sharif and his wife Maryam Nawaz was convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference.

Addressing a press conference in London, Sharif claimed that he was being punished because he was changing the legacy of Pakistan's 70-year-old history, The Dawn reported. Vowing to fight against "injustice", Sharif stated, "I will continue my struggle till the people of Pakistan are not freed of the slavery imposed on them by some generals and judges".

Nawaz remarked that if the punishment for "demanding respect for the vote is jail, I am coming to face it". However, he said he would take a decision depending on his wife's health.

A survey by Pulse Consultant showed Mr Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) ahead with the support of 30 per cent of respondents nationwide, compared to 27 per cent for its main rival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Sajjad Awan will contest from NA-14 Mansehra on a PML-N ticket in place of his brother, retired captain Safdar Awan, who will also be unable to contest the election due to his one-year sentence. Nawaz Sharif was also fined 10 million pounds in the case.

Amjad Pervez, counsel of Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, argued that the law stipulates the presence of the accused when the verdict is read out.

Sharif and Maryam are now in London since June 14 visiting Kulsoom, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there. Earlier he had been allotted election symbol of TV, however, he will now be contesting on the symbol of lion after the party has awarded him a ticket.

The National Accountability Bureau had filed the case, along with two others, on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict a year ago that disqualified Sharif, a three-time prime minister.

The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.

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