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Former Prime Minister Sharif Arrested Moments After Landing in Pakistan

14 July, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz

"Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups", she tweeted.

"What credibility will these elections have when the government is taking such a drastic action against our people and this crackdown is taking place all over the country?" he told Reuters at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore.

From Lahore, they are expected to be taken to Islamabad by helicopter and moved to Adiala jail.

Authorities have mobilized more than 10,000 police officers for their arrival and blocked roads with shipping containers to shut down the city of Lahore. But I'm doing this for people of Pak, sacrificing for generations to come.

The National Accountability Bureau has arranged two helicopters for shifting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz to Islamabad after arresting them upon their entry into Pakistan, reported Geo News. "The country is at a critical juncture right now", said Nawaz Sharif.

The former prime minister and his daughter were in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer. She also retweeted videos and images of PML-N supporters gathering in several parts of Pakistan.

Both Nawaz and Maryam will be shifted to Sahala Resthouse.

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Clashes broke out Friday evening at the main highway entry point to Lahore between pro-Sharif protesters and police who had been deployed in their thousands, a Reuters witness said.

Shahbaz Sharif is expected to lead a rally to Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive Nawaz Sharif and his daughter.

Last week, Sharif was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped with a £8-million fine (Rs1.3-billion) in the Avenfield properties reference case, while Maryam, his daughter, was sentenced to eight years with a £2-million (Rs335-million) fine.

Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of the emerging situation, the PML-N president said, "By the time our workers are released polls will be over".

His return is seen as a public show of acquiescence meant to win sympathy from voters in an election that analysts predict could either spell the downfall of one of Pakistan's most charismatic leaders, or lead to years of civil unrest and political instability.

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.

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