Nawaz, Maryam reach Abu Dhabi on their way to Pakistan
LAHORE: Former Prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz reached Abu Dhabi airport and they are expected to return to Pakistan today.
Both the father and daughter duo returning to country after having been convicted in the Avenfield properties reference, the deposed prime minister and his daughter departed from London late Thursday and have presently reached Abu Dhabi, from where they are expected to reach Lahore around 6pm.
Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has disclosed that it has arranged two helicopters, expected to shift the father-daughter duo to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi as soon as they land.
Meanwhile, Caretaker Punjab home minister told media that the representatives of federal institutions will arrest the PML-N supremo from inside the airport.
Regarding the arrest of PML-N workers in the past few days, minister said that only 50-100 PML-N workers have been arrested for violating the Election Commission of Pakistan’s code of conduct.
He claimed that only those political workers involved in criminal cases are being detained, along with those who may cause disturbances during the July 25 election.
Nawaz and Maryam have been in London since June 14 to tend to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who has been under treatment for cancer there since August last year and recently saw her health deteriorate further.
However, hours before the father and daughter were to leave London, there was slight good news for the Sharif family: “First time in 30 days, Ami opened eyes for a few seconds. Don’t know if she saw or registered us. Still not conscious and on the ventilator. Prayers solicited,” tweeted Maryam.
Nawaz was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield case last Friday whereas Maryam received an eight-year sentence with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). Maryam has also been barred from contesting the July 25 election.
A total of three references were filed by NAB against the Sharif family last year in light of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.