Nawaz Sharif, a prominent Pakistani politician and former prime minister, was acquitted by the Islamabad High Court in a case related to the Al-Azizia Steel mill. This case was about whether he was involved in the setting up of this mill by his father in Saudi Arabia in 2001. Initially, he was sentenced to seven years in jail and faced heavy fines after a court found him guilty of corruption related to this steel mill.
This isn’t the first time Sharif faced legal issues. Earlier, in July 2018, he was convicted in the Avenfield case and sentenced to ten years in jail. However, he was acquitted in that case later. He also had a case regarding Flagship corruption, where he was initially declared innocent in 2018, but this decision was challenged by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The Al-Azizia case was linked to the time when Sharif was living in exile in Saudi Arabia after a military ruler removed him from power in 1999. His son Hussain Nawaz managed the steel mill during that period.
Despite these legal battles, Sharif is gearing up for another term as Pakistan’s prime minister. He returned to Pakistan in October to lead his political party in the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 2024.
In simple terms, Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister of Pakistan, was cleared of charges related to the Al-Azizia Steel mill. This is part of his legal journey, which included previous convictions and acquittals. Now, he’s back in Pakistan and preparing for the upcoming elections.