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Will accompany my son to jail, says Nawaz’s mother

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Shamim Begum, mother of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday came forward in support of her son.

In her video message released on Thursday, she said that she would go to jail with her son and PML-N head Nawaz Sharif.

She said that her son, who eliminated loadshedding from the country, was returning to Pakistan to see her, adding that she believe the former PM, her granddaughter and son-in-law were innocent.

Sharif’s 85-year-old mother also announced to personally receive her elder son at Lahore International airport only to make sure law enforcement agencies do not arrest him.

“Take me to airport to receive Nawaz. I will see who dares arrest my son,” Sharif’s aging mother said. However, her younger son, Shehbaz Sharif, former Chief Minister of Punjab province in Pakistan, didn’t agree with the idea.

Pakistan is to hold general elections on July 25 and Sharif’s political party is facing numerous campaign challenges. Under these circumstances, Sharif’s announcement has excited workers of his party across country.

On the other hand, some surveys suggest that Sharif’s PML-N is doing great in the run up to the elections. A survey by an independent consultant namely Gallup Pakistan put PML-N on top with 26 percent as compared to Imran Khan’s PTI with 25 percent. “PML-N will definitely gain following Sharif’s return who is undoubtedly country’s most popular and senior politician.”

Meanwhile, the plan to arrest former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz had been finalized.

As many as 22 officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and 100 Elite Commandos will be deputed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

The arrangements for the shifting of the Avenfield reference convicts to Adiala jail through helicopter have been completed, while a letter has also been dispatched to accountability court (AC) judge Muhammad Bashir to reach Adiala jail on July 13.

Nawaz Sharif is currently in London along with his daughter visiting his ailing wife Kalsoom Nawaz, who is under treatment at London’s Harley Street Clinic.

Last Friday, an accountability court in Pakistan sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years, his daughter Maryam to seven years and son-in-law, Muhammad Safdar to one-year imprisonment in a corruption case named Avenfield Apartment reference.

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. Since then, rumors have been doing the rounds in Islamabad’s power corridors suggesting the duo wouldn’t come back to avoid arrest.

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