Pakistan’s former PM Nawaz Sharif to remain in prison despite ruling

Supporters of Pakistan former prime minister Nawaz Sharif protest after an anti-corruption court in Islamabad convicted him of graft on December 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Pakistan’s former PM Nawaz Sharif to remain in prison despite ruling

  • Nawaz Sharif and his family have been embroiled in several trials and an array of corruption charges following his ouster
  • Sharif was released on bail four months ago but was again sent to prison when another court convicted him in December

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to remain in prison despite a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that upheld a lower court’s decision that freed him on bail.
Sharif and his family have been embroiled in several trials and an array of corruption charges following his ouster from office in July 2017.
The top court on Monday ruled against the prosecution, which had sought to overturn a verdict from September that suspended Sharif’s 10-year sentence over the purchase of luxury apartments in London.
Following that suspension, Sharif was released on bail four months ago but was again sent to prison when another court convicted him in December and sentenced him to seven years on graft charges.
He is appealing that sentence separately.


Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs

Updated 2 min 24 sec ago

Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs

  • The US president used his speech in New York to claim that Daesh’s leadership was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi’s death
  • Donald Trump: Thanks to American warriors, Al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump placed the Daesh group’s new chief in the crosshairs Monday as he marked Veterans’ Day by celebrating the killing of the extremists’ former leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

While US presidents traditionally mark the day by laying a wreath at a vast military cemetery in Arlington, near Washington, Trump traveled to New York where he made an address ahead of the city’s annual parade of veterans.

Trump was widely criticized after announcing a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, with opponents and even some allies saying it could allow Daesh to rebuild as well as leaving US-allied Kurdish fighters vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

But the US president used his speech in New York to claim that Daesh’s leadership was running scared in the wake of Baghdadi’s death in a raid in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib on October 26.

“Just a few weeks ago, American special forces raided the Daesh compound and brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” he said.

“Thanks to American warriors, Al-Baghdadi is dead, his second in charge is dead, we have our eyes on number three.

“His reign of terror is over, and we have our enemies running very, very scared. Those who threaten our people don’t stand a chance against the righteous might of the American military.”

After the death of Baghdadi and Daesh’s main spokesman, Abu Hassan Al-MuHajjir, in a raid the following day, the organization named the little known Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Quraishi as its new leader.

Following the uproar over his announcement of a full troop withdrawal, Trump said that he would leave some troops in the region to protect valuable oil fields.

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview at the weekend that US troop levels in northern Syria would probably stabilize at around 500.