Highlights: Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam being taken to Islamabad after arrest from Lahore airport
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were expected to arrive at Lahore airport on Friday evening. But the flight got delayed due to ‘unspecified’ reasons. Follow live updates here:
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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have been flown to Islamabad after they were arrested upon their arrival at Lahore airport. Security in Lahore was beefed up as thousands of Sharif’s supporters marched to the airport.
The father-daughter duo were sentenced to lengthy jail terms by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan last week. Sharif was handed a 10-year jail term over the purchase of luxury London flats, while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Here are the highlights:
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz are being taken in a special aircraft to Islamabad.
Nawaz, Maryam arrested
Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam have been arrested as per local media reports.
Mobile, internet suspended
Pakistan’s Punjab government has suspended mobile and internet services in Lahore.
Nawaz Sharif’s mother at Lahore airport
Nawaz Sharif’s mother Begum Shamim Akhtar and son of Shehbaz Sharif, Salman, allowed to enter Lahore airport: ARY News
Nawaz, Maryam to be sent to Rawalpindi jail
“A team of NAB is present at Lahore airport and arrest the convicted Nawaz and Maryam from there,” NAB spokesman Nawzish Asim told PTI. A helicopter is present at the airport to take them to Islamabad from where they will be sent to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi after producing them to the accountability court, he added.
Officials present at airport
Officials from Pakistan’s anti-graft body present at Lahore airport to take Nawaz, Maryam into custody.
Flight lands in Lahore
Etihad Airways flight EY243 carrying Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz has landed in Lahore: Geo News
Flight about to land at Lahore
Nawaz Sharif’s Etihad EY243 flight begins descent to Lahore, reports ANI.
Stone-pelting in Lahore
Situation tense in Lahore, incidents of stone pelting. Nawaz Sharif’s flight diverted to Islamabad, reports ANI
Flight to be diverted
Etihad Airways flight carrying Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to Pakistan is expected to be diverted to Islamabad from Lahore: ARY News
Detention orders against PML(N) leaders
Punjab Police issue detention orders against senior party leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz as thousands of more supporters head towards Lahore airport.
Flight leaves for Pakistan
Flight with Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam on board has left Abu Dhabi for Lahore, reports Pakistan media
Looted money should be brought back: Oppn
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said arresting Nawaz Sharif is not enough, ‘looted money’ should also be retrieved. “Allegations against Nawaz Sharif are quite simple. As Prime Minister, he was liable to disclose his sources of income, yet he was unable to do so. Arresting him isn’t enough, the money should be brought back to Pakistan. The government should take necessary actions to bring the looted money back,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said.
‘Unspecified’ flight delay
Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam’s flight from Abu Dhabi to Lahore delayed due to “unspecified” reasons, reports Pakistani media. Dawn newspaper, quoting an airport official, said the reason for the hold-up was a delay in an Etihad flight arriving in Abu Dhabi from Bangkok, which is supposed to fly EY243’s passengers to Lahore.
More Sharif supporters detained
Police detain PML(N) supporters who were on their way to Lahore airport ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s arrival.
Urge all to reach Lahore airport: Shahbaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif will reach Lahore airport in a few hours. I urge all to reach Lahore airport to welcome him. Currently, I am at an interior town, where people are gathering to proceed to Lahore airport to welcome him: PML(N) president and Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif.
Returning for Pak’s future generations: Nawaz
I am coming back for the future generations of Pakistan. Mein karz chukane aa raha hun jo mujh par wajib hai: Nawaz Sharif.
Who will now believe election results, asks Nawaz
I am doing what I should do, I am taking my struggle forward. I am going to Pakistan, but what credibility is now left of the elections? Who will believe the results: Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.
Pak media not united: Nawaz
Even if 30-40% of Pakistan media stands united, then no one will be able to gag or put pressure on the media, but they have to take a stand: Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif says while waiting at the business class lounge of Abu Dhabi airport.
Nawaz, Maryam’s flight delayed by two hours
Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam were expected to land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 pm (local time) on Etihad Airways flight EY243 but their flight was delayed by two hours, reports Geo news.
Nawaz, Maryam puts up in Abu Dhabi hotel
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam have gone to a hotel near the airport in Abu Dhabi. Have not been arrested. They are holding consultations with some unidentified people as well as some PML(N) workers. Expected to board a flight to Pakistan with a NAB team onboard: PML(N) sources.
Supporters of Nawaz Sharif hold posters and chant slogans
Supporters of Nawaz Sharif hold posters and chant slogans as they gather at the venue where his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Pakistan’s ousted PM in Lahore, reports AFP.
Those receiving Nawaz Sharif are ‘donkeys’: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan took a jibe at his rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying those who have gone to receive embattled former PM Nawaz Sharif at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore were “donkeys,” reports ANI.
People’s movement may be restricted if PML-N supporters protest: Police
Local police official Naveed Shah told Reuters that his current orders did not include restricting people’s movements, but that could change when supporters of Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) take to the streets.
Nawaz believes this is about democracy and his legacy: Musadik Malik, Sharif ally
“Nawaz really believes this is about democracy and his legacy,” Musadik Malik, Sharif ally and former PML-N cabinet minister, told Reuters. “That is why he is willing to lose 10 years of his life over this.”
Shipping containers placed along main roads in Lahore to block protesters
Thousands of police had been deployed in Lahore on Friday afternoon and shipping containers placed along main roads, which could be used to block protesters from moving towards the airport, where Sharif is expected to land around 6:15 pm (local time), reports Reuters.
Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons arrested by London police
Unaid Safdar and Zakaria Hussain, grandsons of former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif were arrested by London police for punching a demonstrator outside their residence in Park Lane on Thursday, reports ANI. Junaid Safdar is the son of Maryam Nawaz and Zakaria Hussain is the son of Hussain Nawaz.
Video: Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons arrested over scuffle in London
Mobile services may be suspended around Lahore airport : Report
Security agencies and traffic police have worked out traffic plans to execute an effective security strategy, ahead of father-daughter duo’s arrival in Lahore, reported Dunya News. The report added that the local Punjab government has also appealed to suspend mobile services in and around the airport between 3-11pm today to control the law and order situation.
Security strengthened in Lahore ahead of Nawaz, Maryam’s arrival
Ahead of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam’s arrival in Pakistan, security arrangements have been beefed up in the provincial capital of Lahore, reports ANI.
Nawaz Sharif is being punished for stopping crime: Pervaiz Rashid, PML-N
“Nawaz Sharif is being punished not for committing a crime, but for stopping it. If Nawaz Sharif is in jail, will you be able to commit a crime? No, because now every voter has become Nawaz Sharif,” news agency ANI quoted Pervaiz Rashid of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
Nawaz Sharif ko jurm karne ki nahi, jurm ko rokne ke liye saza di ja rahi hai. Agar Nawaz Sharif jail main honge toh kya aap gunah kar paayenge? Nahi, kyunki ab har voter Nawaz Sharif ban chuka hai: Pervaiz Rashid, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz pic.twitter.com/wkERVQO7OJ— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2018
Whole world knows PML-N is being targeted: Sharif’s brother
“The whole world knows that PML-N is being targeted,” Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday. “We’ll go to the airport tomorrow despite this brutality, and we will remain completely peaceful,” he added, reports AFP.
Bomb exploded near Pakistan Islamist politician’s election rally
Pakistani police say a bomb near the election rally of an Islamist candidate running for a seat in parliament from the northwestern town of Bannu has killed at least four people and wounded 20 others, AP reports.
Nawaz Sharif, daughter move from UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif move from UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport. They are being brought to Lahore, Pakistan in Etihad EY 243 Abu Dhabi to Lahore flight, ANI reports.
Nawaz Sharif to be taken to Islamabad after arrival in Lahore
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Rawalpindi Central jail for imprisonment, the Dawn reported.
Nawaz Sharif, daughter set to arrive in Lahore
Pakistan’s embattled former PM Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam are set to arrive in Lahore today at 6.15pm (local time) to face arrest in a corruption case, reports PTI.
I’m doing this for people of Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif
“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,” Nawaz 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.
Nawaz Sharif and daughter wait to leave for Pakistan
The father and daughter are at UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is not yet known whether they will be taken to Islamabad or Lahore in Pakistan, ANI reports.
Nawaz Sharif’s comatose wife opens her eyes
Kulsoom nawaz, who has been in a month-long coma, opened her eyes on Friday, ANI reported her son Hussain saying.
Nawaz Sharif lands in Abu Dhabi
Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif reach Abu Dhabi after leaving his London home.