ISLAMABAD: An accountability court hearing corruption cases against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif announced its verdict in Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments references on Monday. He was sentenced to seven years in jail in Al-Azizia case and acquitted in the Flagship reference.
Earlier, Accountability Judge Arshad Malik had reserved the verdict in both the cases on Dec 19.
Here is a brief history of Nawaz Sharif’s political career.
1976: Sharif joins Punjab based Pakistan Muslim League.
1980: Becomes the Finance Minister of Punjab.
1981: Joins the Punjab Advisory Board and rises to political prominence under the tutelage of General Zia-ul-Haq.
1985: Becomes the Chief Minister of Punjab.
1988: Pakistan Muslim League splits in two – Sharif leads the Fida group against the Junejo group. The former assumes the name of PML.
1990: Nawaz Sharif becomes the 12th prime minister of Pakistan on November 1 and launches a privatisation drive.
1992: Operation ‘Clean-up’ launched in Karachi.
1993: Sharif resigns for the post and admits defeat in the following elections.
1994: 1995: “Train March” launched in partnership with Murtaza Bhutto against Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
1997: PML-N wins a landslide victory in the general elections, Nawaz becomes prime minister for the second time.
1998: Nawaz Sharif government orders nuclear tests in Chaghai in a tit-for-tat retaliation against India.
1999: Dismisses Chief of Army Staff General Jehangir Karamat and appoints General Pervez Musharraf in his place.
Sharif denies any knowledge of the Army’s plan in Kargil.
October 12, 1999: Sharif orders dismissal of Musharraf who in turns order a coup d’état, deposing the PM from power. Nawaz goes into exile in Saudi Arabia upon King Fahd’s intervention after the military court sentenced him for life in prison over hijacking charges.
2000-2007: Remains in exile in Saudi Arabia.
November 2007: Returns to Pakistan a second time, having been turned back the previous time.
2008: PML-N wins 67 seats, second only to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP); a coalition government in formed.
August 2008: Nawaz abandons coalition over the issue of reinstatement of judges dismissed by Musharraf.
2009: The Supreme Court of Pakistan allows Sharif to hold public office after clearing him for hijacking charges.
June 7, 2013: Nawaz Sharif is sworn in as prime minister after the elections.
2014: Announces decision to retain office as PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) leader Imran Khan launches widespread protests.
2015: The so-called Panama papers are released, documenting how Sharif and his children own foreign companies and properties.
July 28 2017: Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Sharif from holding public office.
April 13, 2018: Nawaz Sharif is permanently disqualified from holding public office.
July 6, 2018: Nawaz Sharif is sentenced to 11 years in prison by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption case while his daughter Maryam Nawaz is handed down an eight-year sentence. The father-daughter duo is also fined 8m pounds and 2m pounds, respectively.
Sept 19, 2018: Islamabad High Court suspended the jail terms of the father-daughter duo and son-in-law Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference and ordered their release.
Dec 24, 2018: Accountability court sentences Nawaz to seven years in jail in and slapped a fine of $25 million in Al Azizia corruption case. However, the former premier was acquitted in Flagship Investment reference.