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Nawaz Sharif's flight lands in Lahore; arrested from airport

14 July 2018

He said public parks have been occupied and it is necessary to save them from land grabbers, while large buildings are being constructed but the sewerage system is in shambles.He said that only the poor come to government hospitals.

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. A special plane later carried Sharif and Maryam to Islamabad.

The Sharifs arrived in Pakistan's second city from the United Kingdom on Friday evening, submitting themselves for arrest after they were convicted by an anti-corruption court last week, Geo TV and Dawn newspaper reported. The judge accepted the argument and deputed a local magistrate to visit the convicts to record their arrest and allow NAB to hand them over to the jail authorities.

The duo, who are convicted in Avenfield reference case, will stay at the Abu Dhabi airport for seven hours and will reach Lahore at 6.15pm (2.15 United Kingdom time), sources said. The Sharifs were in London to look after ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, when they were awarded imprisonment in the corruption case.

Sharif reportedly refused to sit in the vehicle of the Rangers to get to the airport terminal. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials took their passports into possession.

According to a DC report, the duo may be held mid-air.

Sources said Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are fully cooperated with the 16-member NAB team.

Sharif was ordered jailed after failing to explain how the family acquired the London flats in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies.

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Both Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, have been sentenced by an accountability court to 10 and 7 years in prison respectively.

Since then, a host of his allies have been either disqualified by the courts or face corruption cases.

On Wednesday night, Rawalpindi Commissioner Dr Umer Jehangir and City Police Officer Abbas Ahsan visited the airport's apron and cargo area, where a helicopter may be parked to take Sharif and Maryam to Adiala jail. The Punjab government has suspended mobile and internet services in Lahore.

Authorities deployed 10,000 policemen and blocked several roads in Lahore hours ahead of their arrival.

"A team of NAB is present at the Lahore airport and arrest the convicted Nawaz and Maryam from there", a spokesman of NAB, Nawzish Asim, told PTI. PML-N loyalists have said they will march to the airport in defiance of a ban on all public rallies.

"The cantonment areas' party workers and supporters will join the main rally at Motorway Chowk led by Malik Abrar and other senior leaders", Mr Naseem said. Meanwhile, two separate bomb attacks were reported in Pakistan today.

"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?" They also used this time to send messages to their supporters, urging them to stand with ex-PM Sharif and "change the fate of the country".

"The country is at a critical juncture right now".

Nawaz Sharif's flight lands in Lahore; arrested from airport