Going to jail for Pakistan, sacrificing for generations to come, says former PM Nawaz Sharif ahead of arrest
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were on their way to Pakistan a week after an anti-corruption court handed them lengthy jail terms over the purchase of luxury London flats.Updated: Jul 13, 2018 14:30 IST
Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, sentenced to a lengthy jail term in absentia, said he was flying back to his home country to build it.
“I’ll be taken straight to jail.But I’m doing this for people of Pakistan, sacrificing for generations to come.Such opportunity won’t come again,” Sharif said while on-board flight a flight to UAE’s Abu Dhabi airport, ANI reported.
“Let’s build destiny of Pakistan together,” he added.
Sharif and his daughter Maryam were on their way to Pakistan a week after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term over the purchase of luxury London flats. Maryam, Sharif’s political heir, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Authorities have mobilised more than 10,000 police officers ahead of their arrival and plan to block roads with shipping containers to shut down the city of Lahore. Supporters of Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party say they will march to the airport there, where the former prime minister is due to land, in defiance of a ban on all public rallies.
First Published: Jul 13, 2018 10:51 IST