Nawaz, Maryam held in Lahore
2 had been given prison sentences on graft charges
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