Sharif, daughter set to arrive in Lahore to face arrest in graft case
Lahore: Pakistan’s embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are set to arrive in Lahore on Friday to face arrest in a corruption case, amid high security and a massive crackdown on his party activists.
The Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz leader and his daughter– stopped over in Abu Dhabi on Friday on their way to Pakistan from London.
Sharif and Maryam are expected to land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6.15 pm (local time) via Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways flight EY243, the Dawn reported.
They will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail for imprisonment.
In a video message, tweeted by Maryam, the former premier urged his followers to stand with him and “change the fate of the country”.
“The country is at a critical juncture right now,” Sharif, 68, said.
“I have done what I could. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years [in prison] and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away. But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you.” The two PML-N leaders are returning to Pakistan to face a prison sentence handed out on July 6 by an accountability court in the Avenfield properties case, one of the three corruption cases against him following the Panama Papers scandal.
Sharif and Maryam have been sentenced to 10 and 7 years in jail respectively.
Sharif, who was in London with his wife and children when the verdict was announced, said he is returning to Pakistan from London to fulfil his pledge to “honour the vote”.