In the lion’s den
By returning to Pakistan, where he was arrested as soon as his plane landed in Lahore, is expected to make a crucial difference to the fortunes of his party in the July 25 parliamentary election.
establishment in Pakistan now wants to ensure his permanent exile from politics and the defeat of the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), or the PML(N), in the July 25 election.
On July 5, the former Prime Minister was found guilty of corruption by a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court in Pakistan. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison and fined $10 million. His daughter and political heir, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, and her husband, Muhammad Safdar, were also found guilty. Maryam was given a jail term of seven years and her husband was given a year in prison. When the sentence was read out, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam were in London, where his wife is in a critical medical condition. The special court had denied the former Prime Minister’s request
NAWAZ Sharif and his daughter Maryam after their plane arrived in Lahore on July 13. Photograph released by the PML(N).