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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:

By Agencies | Jul 13, 2018 23:54 IST

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:

10:20pm IST

Towards Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz are being taken in a special aircraft to Islamabad.

9:50pm IST

Nawaz, Maryam arrested

Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam have been arrested as per local media reports.

9:45pm IST

Mobile, internet suspended

Pakistan’s Punjab government has suspended mobile and internet services in Lahore.

Supporters of ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif take part in a march towards Lahore airport. (AFP)

9:40pm IST

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

9:40pm IST

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.

9:35pm IST

Officials present at airport

Officials from Pakistan’s anti-graft body present at Lahore airport to take Nawaz, Maryam into custody.

9:15pm IST

Flight lands in Lahore

Etihad Airways flight EY243 carrying Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz has landed in Lahore: Geo News

9:05pm IST

Flight about to land at Lahore

Nawaz Sharif’s Etihad EY243 flight begins descent to Lahore, reports ANI.

8:40pm IST

Stone-pelting in Lahore

Situation tense in Lahore, incidents of stone pelting. Nawaz Sharif’s flight diverted to Islamabad, reports ANI

8:20pm IST

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

7:20pm IST

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.

06:55pm IST

Flight leaves for Pakistan

Flight with Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam on board has left Abu Dhabi for Lahore, reports Pakistan media

6:15pm IST

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.

6:10pm IST

‘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.

6:10pm IST

More Sharif supporters detained

Police detain PML(N) supporters who were on their way to Lahore airport ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s arrival.

6:00pm IST

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.

5:15pm IST

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.

4:55pm IST

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.

4:50pm IST

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.

4:40pm IST

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.

4:06pm IST

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.

3:50pm IST

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.

Supporters of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif hold posters of him as they gather at the venue where his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif will lead a rally towards the Lahore airport. (AFP Photo)

2:56pm IST

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.

2:17pm IST

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.

1:45pm IST

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.”

1:41pm IST

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.

Police officers are deployed at Lahore airport from where ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be whisked away by helicopter to the federal capital of Islamabad when he returns on Friday to Lahore. (AP Photo)

1:25pm IST

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

1:17pm IST

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.

1:05pm IST

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.

12:51 pm IST

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.

12:39pm IST

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.

12:20pm IST

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.

12:04pm IST

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 and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif move from UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport. (ANI/Twitter Photo)

11:54am IST

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.

11:18am IST

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.

10:59am IST

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 on-board flight to UAE’s Abu Dhabi Airport. Sharif and his daughter Maryam have landed at the airport. (ANI/Twitter Photo)

10:30am IST

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.

10:15am IST

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.

10am IST

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.