Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam arrested on arrival in Lahore

Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam arrested on arrival in Lahore

Lahore, July 13 (Express Tribune): Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team on Friday arrested deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam after the duo landed at Lahore airport. Earlier,the plane carrying the two landed at Lahore airport.

The duo are to be shifted in a helicopter to Islamabad and then onward to Adiala jail.

Media reports earlier suggested that the authorities had decided to divert the plane to Islamabad airport, concerning security threats.

Authorities took measures to contain PML-N’s welcoming rally moving towards Lahore airport.

Nawaz was sentenced in absentia last week to 10 years in prison by a corruption court over the purchase of high-end properties in London, dealing a serious blow to his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s bid weeks ahead of the July 25 polls.

Earlier, talking to reporters from Abu Dhabi over the phone, the former PM said Pakistan had been turned into a battlefield.

He alleged that some forces were forcing the caretaker government to take harsh decisions in Punjab ahead of elections.

Nawaz urged Punjab caretaker chief minister Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi to resign or step down because “people of Punjab had lost faith in him”.  The deposed PM questioned why such measures were being taken in Punjab alone.

To a question, he questioned the alleged curb on freedom of speech and asked the media to stand up against it.