"Soon after the news spread, supporters of the former prime minister and his daughter Mariam Nawaz danced in the streets, distributed candies and chanted slogans", NPR's Diaa Hadid reports from Karachi.
"Today, the Islamabad High Court has suspended the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Captain Safdar and ordered to release them on bail until a final decision", Khawaja Haris, Sharif's lawyer, told AFP.
Hamza further said that it had been proven that the accountability court's verdict against former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law was "weak".
They reached Noor Khan Airbase amid stringent security from where they will leave for Lahore via a special plane. United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have also not verified the transfer of the money, he added. The Court has earlier reserved the verdict after both sides concluded their arguments. The court also fined Nawaz Sharif and Maryam 8 million and 2 million Pounds respectively.
Another supporter in the crowd, Naveed Abbasi, said he is convinced Sharif was a victim of conspiracy but that, " God willing, the people will make Nawaz Sharif again the prime minister ... for a record fourth time".
Justice Athar then remarked "This is an important case and it would have been great if we concluded it today".
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NAB's prosecutor argued law turns onus of proof on accused after ownership of flats [by Sharifs] has been established. They will be declared innocent if they can prove that the charges against them are false. Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the properties.
His daughter Maryam Nawaz was given 7 years for abetment, and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar was given 1 year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.
Sharif was disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court previous year over corruption allegations.
Nawaz Sharif was convicted under section 9 (a)(5) of the NAB ordinance.
He repeatedly called the cases against him politically motivated, suggesting collusion between the powerful military and the courts to destabilise his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and throw him out of power.