Convicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam shifted to Adiala jail from Lahore airport


ISLAMABAD/LAHORE (ENNS) Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested after arriving in Lahore here on Friday night, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield properties case.

The father-daughter duo arrived in Lahore from Abu Dhabi at 8:50pm after their flight was delayed for over two hours. They had left London a day earlier.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team took Nawaz and Maryam in its custody from the aircraft, while their passports were confiscated by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Shortly afterwards, they were boarded on a special plane which took off for Islamabad. The flight landed at the New Islamabad airport at around 10:35PM, after which Nawaz and Maryam were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys.

Meanwhile, a notification was issued by the Islamabad administration declaring the rest house at the Sihala Police Training College in the capital as a sub-jail for keeping the two figures with immediate effect and until further orders.

It was unclear if the former premier and his daughter would be kept at the Adiala Jail or the sub-jail in Sihala. But sources said the two might undergo medical examination and other formalities at Adiala before being shifted to Sihala.

The former three-time prime minister was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) by an accountability court in Islamabad last week for “owning assets disproportionate to known sources of income”.

His daughter, Maryam, was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million), while her husband, Capt (retd) Safdar, was handed a one-year prison sentence.

Nawaz’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been absconding and declared ‘proclaimed offenders’ in the case.

Earlier speaking to the media from Abu Dhabi airport, Nawaz said Pakistan had been turned into a battleground.

“There are blockades everywhere. People have been arrested and they are being given the message to not come to the airport,” the former premier said.

“My resolve cannot be shaken and I am ready to be arrested,” Nawaz added.

Earlier, a rally with large number of PML-N supporters headed by party president Shehbaz Sharif tried to make its way to the airport from the city’s Lohari Gate area.

But Nawaz and his daughter were taken into custody from the aircraft and boarded on a flight to Islamabad shortly afterwards.

Section 144 had been imposed across Punjab to deter any untoward situation.

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