Sharif, Maryam face arrest on arrival

Pakistan       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

Pakistan by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

Islamabad-based accountability court's judge Muhammad Bashir, who gave 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to 68-year-old Sharif in the Avenfield apartment case last week, was hearing the Al Azizia steel mills corruption case against him.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will be arrested on their arrival at any airport in Pakistan as they have been convicted in a corruption case, Law Minister Ali Zafar said on Monday. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.

It has been reported that Nawaz Sharif is now in London and has regularly been visiting the United Kingdom during the trial. The interior ministry has already placed their names on the Exit Control List. He further added that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are returning Pakistan on July 13. "We will make sure that Sharif and Maryam do not leave the airport and are arrested there", he said.

Fearing lack of response from the general public upon their arrival in Pakistan, the Sharifs have chose to land in Lahore, as the PML-N is eyeing support of state machineries in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan to ensure public attendance, according to a report in The Express Tribune.

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Mr Sharif has said that he is not afraid of going to jail.

Sharif was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in prison while his daughter Maryam Nawaz was handed a seven-year jail over graft charges in the purchase of overseas properties.

Pakistan's opposition leader and former cricket star who has set his hopes on becoming the country's next prime minister unveiled Monday his party's "manifesto" ahead of this month's parliamentary elections.

NAB officials have said they have obtained the necessary warrants in this regard and will arrest the duo when they land. Meanwhile, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurenzeb said Sharif and Maryam will arrive in Lahore on Friday via Abu Dhabi on a foreign airline.

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