Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam to be arrested in Abu Dhabi and taken to Pakistan: Media report
Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined eight million pounds by an anti-corruption court, which awarded seven years jail to Maryam besides a fine of two million pounds.Updated: Jul 13, 2018 15:39 IST
Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif are to be arrested at Abu Dhabi airport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) later in the day, according to reports.
A special National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team will make the arrest and take them to Lahore. All flights that were to arrive at Islamabad have been diverted to Lahore airport. The two will be kept in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi for a day before being transferred to the Attock Fort prison, according to news agency ANI.
The two bid an emotional farewell to Nawaz’s wife, Begum Kulsoom, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, and Maryam’s children, besides former finance minister Ishaq Dar in London before leaving for Pakistan, the report said.
“Told my kids to be brave in the face of oppression. But kids will still be kids. Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups,” Maryam had tweeted with a picture of her children.
Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined eight million pounds in the Avenfield Reference case by an anti-corruption court, which awarded seven years jail to Maryam besides a fine of two million pounds.
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 said they will march to the airport there, where he is due to land, in defiance of a ban on all public rallies.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Jul 13, 2018 09:06 IST