Sharif, his daughter to remain in jail until elections as court adjourns hearing on their appeals

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A Pakistani court today adjourned until last week of July the hearing of appeals filed by jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law against their conviction in a corruption case, shattering their hope to come out of jail before polls to boost the campaign of their party.

Elections are scheduled to be held on July 25 and 68-year-old Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party was banking on his early release, to boost its election prospects.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd.) Muhammad Safdar had yesterday filed the appeals in the Islamabad High Court challenging the verdict in the Avenfield corruption case.

A two-member bench of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the appeals and issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and also ordered to present the record of the case.

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