Nawaz Sharif return: Airport to be sealed

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

The federal government has given the green signal to authorities to shift former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter to prison via helicopter.

The caretaker Punjab government has made a decision to impose Section 144 in the areas adjoining the Lahore airport to avoid any untoward incident during the arrival and likely arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The father and daughter have announced to return Pakistan from London on July 13 after accountability court announced verdict in Avenfield reference. The interior ministry has already placed their names on the Exit Control List.

The former premier s son-in-law was arrested on Sunday. He said the NAB would not allow Mr. Sharif to lead a rally.

NAB officials took Safdar into custody after he appeared at a party rally in Rawalpindi.

"On the announcement of the Sharif family that Nawaz and Maryam are arriving in Lahore on Friday at 6.15 pm we have written to the Punjab government to coordinate with NAB for their arrest at Lahore airport", a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) official said.

Both were also ordered to pay hefty fines, while retired captain Safdar who is now under arrest, was sentenced to one year imprisonment.

However, the deposed PM, who was convicted on July 6 in the Avenfield apartments reference and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment, said that he will stay true to his word and return to Pakistan on Friday no matter what the circumstances and consequences are.

The sentence, 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million pounds, or $10.6 million, came nearly a year after Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office and less than five months after the court barred him from holding office for life.

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