NAB decides to shift Nawaz, Maryam to Adiala by copter

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LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday decided to shift former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz to Adiala Jail through helicopter from the airport.

According to the reports, the anti-graft watchdog’s Lahore Director General Shahzad Saleem has written a letter to Bureau chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal stating that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz should be shifted to adiala jail from airport soon after they return to Lahore.

The letter further stated that the accountability court judge will also be invited to jail to oversee arrangements.

On the other hand, Lahore police has made stringent security arrangements in case the arrest could not be made at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Sources said that keeping in view security, the route of Nawaz Sharif has been divided into two parts.

Police officials have declared 24 places of the rout as sensitive, while 2500 police personnel will be deputed for security. The personnel will include Anti-Riots Force (ARF), Patrolling and Elite Force.

Sources said that the PML-N workers would be allowed to gather outside the airport premises but no one would be allowed to take break the law.

It is to be mentioned here that the father-daughter duo had announced to return Pakistan from London on July 13 after accountability court announced verdict in Avenfield reference.
The anti-graft agency had already arrested Nawaz’s son-in-law Captain (Retd) Safdar from Rawalpindi.

Earlier, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted and sentenced to prison in absentia by the accountability court, in a verdict that is likely to further disrupt an already chaotic campaign for national elections this month.

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

The case stemmed from the Panama Papers leak that disclosed expensive and undeclared property owned by the Sharif family in London.

The verdict marked a further fall for the PML-N supremo, who has been Pakistan’s prime minister three times but never completed a term.
From the start of the ex-PM’s legal troubles in 2016, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif and her husband, Muhammad Safdar, were also convicted, with Ms. Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 2 million pounds and Safdar sentenced to one year in prison.
The court also ordered the seizure of the Sharif family’s four apartments at Avenfield House, a luxury building next to Hyde Park in London.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting at party’s Model Town secretariat on Tuesday.

It was decided in the meeting to give a rousing welcome to former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, upon their arrival at the Lahore airport on July 13 from London.

Shahbaz said that father and daughter were returning to Pakistan on July 13 for the sake of country, adding that the duo would be given a historic welcome.

He asked the party leaders and workers to motivate people to reach the Lahore airport. “Expressing our resentment against the accountability court’s verdict in a peaceful manner is our right,” he said.

“We won’t tolerate maltreatment against any of workers. PML-N is contesting general elections on the basis of its performance showed during last five years tenure.” – NNI

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