Nawaz, Maryam held in La­hore

2 had been given prison sen­tences on graft charges

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - —Reuters

La­hore: Ousted Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif (68) and his daugh­ter Maryam (44) were ar­rested at La­hore air­port af­ter ar­riv­ing from Lon­don on Fri­day night, fol­low­ing their con­vic­tion in a cor­rup­tion case. The duo re­turned to the coun­try on Fri­day to face lengthy prison sen­tences in a high-stakes gam­ble to gal­vanise their be­lea­guered party ahead of the July 25 elec­tion.

Se­cu­rity was beefed up in and around La­hore air­port as more than 10,000 peo­ple had gath­ered to meet them. Mo­bile ser­vices were sus­pended in the city on Fri­day evening.

The plane car­ry­ing Sharif and Maryam landed at Al­lama Iqbal Air­port at 9:15 IST, nearly three hours late from the sched­uled ar­rival. The Eti­had Air­ways flight EY243 flew in from Abu Dhabi. Ear­lier they flew to the UAE cap­i­tal from Lon­don, where Sharif ’s wife Kul­soom, suf­fer­ing from throat cancer, is bat­tling for her life. Ac­cord­ing to an air­port of­fi­cial, they sur­ren­dered be­fore a team of the coun­try’s anti-graft body – the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau – with­out any re­sis­tance.

Sharif re­port­edly re­fused to sit in the ve­hi­cle of the Rangers to get to the air­port ter­mi­nal. Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (FIA) of­fi­cials took their pass­port for immigration. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials en­tered the plane af­ter it landed and asked other pas­sen­gers to leave. The duo’s pass­ports were seized by a three-mem­ber FIA team.

Ousted Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his daugh­ter Maryam in a La­hore-bound flight from Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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