Nawaz, Maryam sent to Adiala jail after arrest at Lahore airport

Published: July 13, 2018
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LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz were sent to Adiala jail late on Friday night following their arrest at Allama Iqbal International Airport upon their return to the country.

The two were shifted to the Rawalpindi jail in separate vehicles after being flown to Islamabad in a special plane to serve sentence announced by the accountability court in Avenfield reference last week.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team arrested the duo amid stiff resistance at the airport. The roads leading to the airport were blocked as scuffles broke out between police and PML-N loyalists.

According to a notification issued by the chief commissioner of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the Sihala police rest house was declared sub-jail for keeping the convicts till further notice.

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.

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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.

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.

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10:40pm: NAB deputy prosecutor general Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said the accountability court has issued warrants of imprisonment for the convicts.

He said the court has also appointed Islamabad’s magistrate Waseem Ahmed as court representative for execution of the warrants of imprisonment on behalf of the court.

Meanwhile, the district administration has declared the premises of Sihala police training rest house as sub-jail for keeping the convicts. The security will be provided by Islamabad police.

10:18pm: The duo is likely to be produced before the accountability court before being shifted to Adiala jail. Judge Muhammad Bashir and NAB’s prosecution team reach the court.

9:45pm: Scuffle witnessed at airport as workers attempted to resist the arrests. Maryam Nawaz restrained from walking towards the terminal. The duo taken into custody unharmed.

9:23pm: NAB team arrests Nawaz, Maryam as the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) confiscates their passports.

9:16pm: NAB team set to fly Nawaz, Maryam in helicopter to Islamabad.

8:48pm: Plane carrying former PM Nawaz, daughter Maryam lands at Lahore airport.

8:29pm: One of the party’s rallies reach Mall Road after crossing all barriers.

8:24pm: PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif addresses media on Mall Road, says the people of Lahore have taken to streets and have rejected the caretaker government’s measures to bar them from reaching the airport.

8:15pm: Clashes also reported on Airport road in Lahore. Police use teargas shelling to restrain the party’s workers from approaching the airport.

7:29pm: Clash reported between PML-N workers and police at Ravi bridge in Lahore, four police officials injured, shifted to Shahidreh hospital.

6:03pm: As the Etihad flight takes off, the father-daughter duo head back to Pakistan. You can track the flight here.

5:57pm: Nawaz and Maryam’s flight is to take off at 5:58 pm, and is scheduled to arrive in Lahore at 8:48 pm, Etihad Airways confirmed.

5:20pm: PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif leads party rally. He is accompanied by Marriyum Aurangzeb, Tallal Chaudhry, Bilal Anis, and Mayor Lahore Lord Mubashir Javed.

4:52 pm: PML-N workers vandalise the car of police officials from Nuwakot police station. Workers with leaders Rana Mashood and Meher Ishtiaq smashed the windscreen of the vehicle. SP Iqbal Town Muhammad Ali reached the site and has started investigation against the perpetrators, SSP Operations Lahore Asad Sarfaraz Khan confirmed. “Those who try to take the law in their hands will be jailed,” he added.

4:09 pm: Nawaz’s flight from Abu Dhabi reportedly delayed.

4:04 pm: Police and more than 500 PML-N workers clash in Lahore’s Chung area. Police official injured.

3:01 pm: PML-N rally from K-P encounters roadblocks over vital bridges leading to the provincial capital.

2:52 pm: Rangers halt rally being led by former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, claims PML-N.

2:49 pm: Rally being led by PML-N’s NA-149 candidate Chaudhry Tufail runs across police blockade. Reports of dozens arrested including Chaudhry.

1:17 pm: LHC’s Justice Anwar instructs top officials to release all arrested workers by 2 pm, claim PML-N leaders.

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Early on Friday morning, Nawaz said he returning to the country despite know that prison awaits him.

“I want to tell the people of Pakistan that I am going to jail for them,” he said in a video message posted by daughter Maryam Nawaz on Twitter.

Nawaz, Maryam depart for Pakistan

The PML-N supremo further said he would render the sacrifice for the future generations of the country. “I am sacrificing for the future generations of Pakistan.” Asking the people for their support, he said the destiny of the country can change if the masses stay by his side as such opportunities do not come often.

Nawaz and Maryam left London late Thursday night to embark on their journey back to Pakistan. Photographs shared by the PML-N on Twitter showed the father-daughter duo meeting family, friends and party leaders for their goodbyes. The two are expected to reach Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport by 6:30 pm Friday evening.

Maryam also tweeted on Thursday that her mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had opened her eyes for a few seconds for the first time in weeks, she also requested her followers to pray for her mother’s well-being.

“First time in 30 days, Ami opened eyes for a few seconds. Don’t know if she saw or registered us. [Begum Nawaz] is still not conscious and on ventilator. Prayers solicited.”

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Before departing for Pakistan, Maryam tweeted that her children remained defiant against all odds, and wished them farewell. “Told my kids to be brave in the face of oppression. But kids will still be kids. Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups,” she wrote.

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Will also go behind bars if ‘innocent’ Nawaz and Maryam arrested: ousted PM’s mother

On Thursday, former chief minister Punjab and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said that hundreds of their workers and supporters had been arrested ahead of Nawaz’s expected return in what he said was “naked” pre-poll rigging against their party.

The younger Sharif brother has pledged to marshal a welcome for the former prime minister, saying thousands of supporters would travel to Lahore airport to back Nawaz. “We’ll go to the airport tomorrow despite this brutality, and we will remain completely peaceful.”

Containers could be seen blocking some Lahore roads on Friday morning, while travel to and from the airport had reportedly been restricted.

With additional updates from our correspondents in Islamabad and Lahore

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Raheel
    Jul 13, 2018 - 11:33AM

    Sale the London Apartments and give the money back to Pakistan for future generations. Recommend

  • ENGR.HUMAYUN AKHTAR
    Jul 13, 2018 - 11:43AM

    NAWAZ SHAREEF IS REALLY A TIGER WHO IS COMING TO PAKISTAN TO FACE THE JAIL AGAINST FAKE CASES AGAINST HIM,HE IS A BRAVE MAN.WHERE EX-GENERAL HAS GONE.HE IS SITTING IN DUBAI AND ENJOYING HIS LIFE.HE IS A COWARD ARMY OFFICE.WHERE CJP HAS GONE WHO FAILED TO BRING THE MUSHURAFA TO PAKISTAN AS A HIGH TRESON CASE UNDER SECTION 6 OF CONSTITUTION IS PENDING AGAINST HIM.PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR COUNTRY WILL BE IN CONSTANT TROUBLETILL THE TIME WE WILL SHOW DESPARITY.HAD I BEEN CJP OF PAKISTAN I WOULD HAVE PERSONALLY GONE TO DUBAI AND BROUGHT THE MUSHRAFA BACK AND PUT HIM IN JAIL.THE CHAIRMAN NAB SHOULS ALSO DO THE JUSTICE TO ALL OTHERWISE I PREDICT THAT A TIME WILL COME THAT PUBLIC WILL BURN THESE CRUEL PEOPLE TO DEATH..DO THE JUSTIC.Recommend

  • RAFIQUE KHAN
    Jul 13, 2018 - 11:46AM

    Let me start with a modest scale of analyzing the whole episode of Nawaz Sharif and his family. As per wikipedia they are Kashmiri migrated to Indian Punjab and then to Pakistan. In the past when I was working with private company which was a group of company and run by memon families. One old age memon office peon always used to say one story as under:-

    One hindu restaurant owner in Bombay turned to Mumbai has displayed the photograph of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This hindu owner after taking bath every day morning lit fire joss sticks (agarbatti) and make prayer and thanks to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The customers of the restaurant always ask him why he is giving respect to Muhammad Ali Jinnah and doing puja. He always replies that I thank him because due to foundation of Pakistan from India he has cleaned all dirts gandh from India. I think Nawaz Sharif and his family proved themselves that they are the same class of dirty people.

    Nobody is ready to support this corrupt and fraud politician who came into power to plunder the nation. If you are going prison for next generation it means you need to give the message to the people that they may also follow your foot steps.Recommend

  • Ishaque Ahmed Khawaja
    Jul 13, 2018 - 3:13PM

    No personality can bring CHANGE in this country except we as individual adopt change as true muslimRecommend

  • Mazhar
    Jul 13, 2018 - 3:42PM

    Don’t try to mislead. You are going for corruption and not for the future generation. We have high hope that our future generation will not be corrupt nor tolerate corruption. Recommend

  • naveed sethi
    Jul 13, 2018 - 4:03PM

    I feel for the family. Lady kulsoom needed Nawaz more than ever at this moment. The ruling could have been postponed. 68000 plus more cases are still pending in the Supreme Court, High Courts. Recommend

  • Salman
    Jul 13, 2018 - 4:40PM

    @naveed sethi:
    Sorry. Just because an accused’s wife is ill does not stop the wheels of justice. If this happened every accused would have a family member fall sickRecommend

  • Ash Man
    Jul 13, 2018 - 5:07PM

    Only pakistan leader to come back home to go to jail. Others simply give health excuses and abscond.Recommend

  • Karim Javed
    Jul 13, 2018 - 5:41PM

    He knows it well that if he doesn’t come back then his political career will be over…Recommend

  • Chengez k
    Jul 13, 2018 - 9:17PM

    Off you go………….to JAIL !!!Recommend

  • powayman
    Jul 13, 2018 - 9:27PM

    Gutsy move – something General Musharraf is afraid to do. Makes you wonder whether IK or Zardari would have such inner steel.Recommend

  • PTI
    Jul 13, 2018 - 9:39PM

    Oh PLEASE! Facing his sentence does not mean that nawaz is BRAVE. Wouldn’t it be kinda weird for every criminal to be called brave for facing his punishment. Brave is the quality of noble people. Not people who do something because they dont have a choice except for being exiled.Recommend

  • rajagopal
    Jul 13, 2018 - 9:53PM

    This good man has already spent a lot of tax payers money for his own good. Now he will be spending more money by way of luxury prison.Recommend

  • AHS
    Jul 13, 2018 - 9:58PM

    what a shame , this man and his family have no dignity.they continue to use and show a dying women in her hospital bed for political purposes , instead of letting her die in peace !Recommend

  • Aizaz chouhan
    Jul 13, 2018 - 11:19PM

    Now i think Nawaz sharif’s politics career will be over.
    After nawaz Pakistan will be go in right way.Recommend

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