Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Nawaz, Maryam arrested, taken to Islamabad

Nawaz, Maryam arrested, taken to Islamabad

The deadliest attack in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed 70 people, including a candidate, in southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday ahead of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan.

The PTI chairman, addressing a campaign rally, said that a plane is coming from Abu Dhabi carrying the convicted prime minister, and now it was necessary that that plundered wealth should be returned to the country. A special plane later carried Sharif and Maryam to Islamabad. "Now he should return the looted Rs300 billion", he said.

The sentences, delivered in absentia, against Nawaz Sharif and his daughter who is widely seen as his political heir, have dealt a blow to their Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

He said that half of Pakistan's earning is gobbled by corruption, and the rupee has depreciated from sixty rupees to Rs125 against the United States dollar. According to jail manual, they can be medically examined at jail hospital. He said the education system was in shambles and students in public schools can move forward, while ninety percent of student at Namal College Mianwali are studying on scholarships. Upon landing at IIA, Sharif and Maryam will either be flown to Adiala or driven to Attock. Large shipping containers will be placed on roads leading to IIA, along with deployments of riot police at the sealed points.

Earlier in the day Nawaz and Maryam boarded an Etihad flight from London which had a layover at Abu Dhabi Airport.

In preparation of Sharif's arrival, his brother Shehbaz led around 10,000 supporters on a march in defiance of a citywide ban on public gatherings.

Officials from Pakistan's anti-graft body were present at the airport to take them into custody after their conviction in the Evenfield properties case linked to his family's ownership of four luxury flats in London.

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Furthermore, the flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

Internet and mobile services have been cut off in most parts of Lahore and will be suspended until midnight. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years (in prison) and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Sara Hayat said the district administration had not received any orders to stop PML-N workers from going to Lahore.

"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.

Both Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, have been convicted by an accountability court for 10 and 7 years imprisonment respectively. Talking to reporters before reaching the airport, Shahbaz said "a sea of people" has turned up today to give historic reception to Sharif."The people of Lahore has given a verdict ahead of July 25 polls", he declared. 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", a grim looking Sharif said.

Sharif was ordered jailed in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies. Many PML-N lawmakers have also defected to Khan's party.

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