Nawaz,Maryyam on way to Adiala jail

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Sacked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are schedule to land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6:15pm on Friday.

The authorities are likely to take Nawaz and Maryam directly to Adiala Jail via helicopter.

Shehbaz Sharif, the PML-N president and Nawaz’s younger brother, will lead the homecoming rally. Over three hundred party workers have been arrested and are being kept in jail under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance.

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, along with his daughter, Maryam, commenced his journey from the city’s Heathrow Airport late Thursday night back to Pakistan.

Mr Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison for owning assets beyond his income. Maryam was given a jail term of seven years after she was found “instrumental in concealment of the properties of her father”.

The verdict said: she “aided, assisted, abetted, attempted and acted in conspiracy with her father”.

“The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus,” the verdict read. For this, she has been sentenced to one year in jail as well.

Safdar, Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, was given one year in jail for not cooperating with the accountability watchdog, and aiding and abetting his wife and father-in-law.

Safdar was arrested by NAB on July 8 and sent to Adiala Jail.

Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and the daughter had reached the London airport for their scheduled flight, a while after seeing Sharif’s ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is currently in the hospital, undergoing treatment.

Prior to his departure, Sharif had said his wife finally opened her eyes for a few seconds — that he wished for. He, however, regretted having to leave her in such state and return to Pakistan.

“Told my kids to be brave in the face of oppression. But kids will still be kids,” Maryam wrote in a tweet ahead of her departure.

“Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups,” she added.

The two had flown off to London before Eid-ul-Fitr to tend to Begum Kulsoom and were expected to land in Lahore around 6PM on Friday, a week after an accountability court sentenced the father and daughter to 11 and eight years, respectively, in prison in the Avenfield Properties reference case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) disclosed that it had arranged two helicopters to shift the father-daughter duo to Central Jail Rawalpindi — the Adiala prison — immediately as they land in Lahore.

One of the two choppers would be stationed at Lahore airport, while the other would be in Islamabad, with orders from the NAB to arrest the former premier and his daughter upon landing at either of the two airports.

It is important to note that the same helicopter that Sharif had used while he held the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan would take him to the Adiala prison.

The NAB had formed a 16-member team to detain Sharif and Maryam, with the anti-graft body directing additional security personnel to remain on alert on Friday (today).

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the NAB Chairman, has warned that strict action will be taken against anyone who obstructs the arrest of the PML-N leaders.

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