Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Nawaz Sharif return: Airport to be sealed

Nawaz Sharif return: Airport to be sealed

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar, who was pronounced guilty in the Avenfield properties reference case, has been shifted to the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Pakistani security agencies have chose to seal Allama Iqbal International Airport on ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz's return from London.

A NAB official said taking both the convicts to Islamabad from the Lahore airport by road may require "elaborate security arrangements". Authorities have also made a decision to obtain their judicial remand in prison in case any security issue emerges.

The officials present at the meeting decided that if the security situation in the capital is conducive, the father-daughter duo may be produced before an accountability court the same day.

"We will reach Lahore on July 13", Maryam told reporters.

The Accountability Court, Islamabad on Friday last handed down 10 and 7 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to Sharif and Maryam, respectively, in the Avenfield properties corruption case filed by the NAB.

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The interior ministry has placed their names on the Exit Control List, which bars individuals from leaving the country.

The former premier was hopeful that his party will accord a historic victory, this time on a "scale of which the opponents can not even imagine".

On Sunday, Safdar was arrested and taken into custody by two high-ranking NAB officials after he appeared at a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rally in Rawalpindi.

"Since the road option may be hard for the authorities concerned with regard to provide security cover, a helicopter should be provided to the NAB to avoid problems in the arrest and shifting them (Nawaz and Maryam) to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi after producing them before the accountability court", the official said.

He had also been sentenced by the accountability court to one year in prison on charges of abetment in the Avenfield case. Sharif has already been disqualified for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers scandal.

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