ISLAMABAD    -   Prime Minister Sheh­baz Sharif on Thursday said that the acquit­tal of Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Captain (re­tired) Safdar in Aven­field Reference is a slap in the face of so-called accountability system that was employed to target Sharif family.

“The edifice of lies, slander, character as­sassination has come crumbling down to­day,” the prime minis­ter wrote on Twitter. He congratulated the Pa­kistan Muslim League-Nawaz Supreme Lead­er Nawaz Sharif over the decision announced by the Islamabad High Court a while ago.

“Maryam Nawaz’s ac­quittal in the Avenfield Reference is a slap in the face of so-called ac­countability system that was employed to target Sharif family. My con­gratulations to Maryam Beti, Safdar,” the prime minister added.

He also hoped that justice would prevail in the matter of evidence regarding late Judge Ar­shad Malik.

“Finally Maryam and Safdar got justice. We bow before Allah Al­mighty who blessed us with success,” he added.

The prime minister said with the court ver­dict, another chapter of political victimization reached to its end and innocent people stood vindicated,” he added.

He said both Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Cap­tain (retd) Safdar faced the worst conditions with patience and steadfastness.

Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurang­zeb on Thursday said that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after the decision of Islamabad High Court. In a tweet, she said that Shehbaz Sharif congratulated Maryam Nawaz on her ac­quittal and Captain Safdar’s acquittal. While expressing her gratitude to Allah Almighty over acquittal of Maryam Nawaz, she said “Allah Almighty has done great grace, Allah has given great honour.”