Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NAB warns against creating hurdles in way of former PM’s arrest

NAB warns against creating hurdles in way of former PM’s arrest

Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif (UNSEEN), appears with his daughter Maryam, at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain July 11, 2018.

"Despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes, I am going to Pakistan", Sharif told Pakistani journalists this week in London, where he vowed to re-assert "civilian supremacy".

"She (Kulsoom) has opened her eyes after exactly one month".

Before leaving for Pakistan from London, Maryam, said: "It is the most hard decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey".

He further said it is very painful for him to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending G20 summit and all we can do is watch. [She is] still not conscious and on ventilator.

Hearing a PML-N petition against the arrests today, Justice Anwarul Haq inquired the provincial home secretary and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam if they had a list of the detained individuals.

According to Dawn.com, the Sharifs are expected to arrive in Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 pm.

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Meanwhile in Pakistan, things don't look good for the beleaguered PML-N.

Accountability judge Mohammad Bashir sentenced Mr Sharif to 10 years and Ms Maryam to seven years' rigorous imprisonment and imposed fines on them for not justifying possession of Avenfield apartments.

Sharif's PML-N expects a groundswell of support as he returns from London, where his wife Kulsoom is critically ill and undergoing cancer treatment. NAB Lahore has apparently arranged a helicopter to airlift the two convicts from Lahore to Islamabad, so they can be taken to NAB's Rawalpindi prison. Another 100 PML-N workers have been placed under house arrest in Rajanpur.

Sharif has also said the military's intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, is intimidating his party's candidates to switch loyalties, or to run as independents, ahead of the July 25 poll.

To prevent PML-N workers staging a hero's welcome on the streets, authorities said they will arrest the father and daughter upon landing and transport them to the capital Islamabad by helicopter, local media reported.

Once again, appealing that the "injustice" and arrests of workers be stopped, Shehbaz urged the caretaker government setup, "Please pause, reflect and change the course". His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne. "I know I have been sentenced for 10 years and that I will be taken straight to prison", he said while sitting in the airplane.

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