Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested within minutes of landing at Lahore airport. Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were sentenced to ten and seven years jail term on corruption charges in the Avenfield corruption case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken Nawaz and Maryam in its custody.
They are expected to be flown to Rawalpindi.
Security was tightened in Lahore ahead of Sharif’s arrival. Over 10,000 policemen were deployed in the city to check against any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, Sharif was quoted as saying in a video that the country was at a critical juncture right now. ” 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,” he said.
The Accountability Court had sentenced Sharif for owning assets beyond income and one year for not co-operating with the NAB. Maryam was sentenced for abetting a crime and one year for not cooperating.
Both Sharif and his daughter were in London since June 14 where his wife Begum Khulsoom Nawaz has been undergoing treatment for cancer.