Sharif, Maryam face arrest on arrival

Pakistan       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

He said the NAB would not allow Sharif to lead a rally.

The caretaker Punjab government has chose to impose Section 144 in the areas adjoining the Lahore airport to avoid any untoward incident during the arrival and likely arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

In London, On Sunday Maryam Nawaz Sharif was speaking to media, a day after an accountability court in Pakistan sentenced the three-time Premier to 10 years in prison while she got a seven-year term in the Avenfield corruption related to the Sharif family's purchase of upscale London flats.

A local court gave 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to 68-year-old Sharif in the Avenfield apartment case last week. Security departments have chose to seal the airport at the arrival of Nawaz and his daughter.

While they will not face any difficulty in coming to Pakistan, they are expected to be arrested during the immigration process at the airport as per standard procedure for all those placed on ECL.

On account of serious differences among the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senior leaders in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the party leadership was not hopeful that party members and public would turn up in significant numbers at the Islamabad International Airport on Friday to welcome Sharif and his daughter, which is why the venue was changed to Lahore, it is learnt from well-placed party sources.

Pakistan's opposition leader and former cricket star who has set his hopes on becoming the country's next prime minister unveiled Monday his party's "manifesto" ahead of this month's parliamentary elections.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, who have been convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference case, are scheduled to arrive on Friday July 13 in Lahore.

"Let me make it clear that the law enforcement agencies will arrest Nawaz and Maryam at the airport to implement the court's order", he said.

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