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Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz arrested from Lahore airport, taken to Adiala

Lahore: Nawaz Sharif and Maryam arrested from Lahore Air port, taken to Adiala. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested after arriving in Lahore on Friday night, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield properties case.

The father-daughter duo arrived in Lahore from Abu Dhabi at 8:50pm after their flight was delayed for over two hours. They had left London a day earlier.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team took Nawaz and Maryam in its custody from the aircraft, while their passports were confiscated by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after landing in Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after landing in Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam sit on a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Social media
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam sit on a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Social media
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on the flight headed from Abu Dhabi to Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on the flight headed from Abu Dhabi to Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after landing in Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after landing in Lahore. Photo: Geo News
Shortly afterwards, they were boarded on a special plane which took off for Islamabad. The flight landed at the New Islamabad airport at around 10:35PM, after which Nawaz and Maryam were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys.

Meanwhile, a notification was issued by the Islamabad administration declaring the rest house at the Sihala Police Training College in the capital as a sub-jail for keeping the two figures with immediate effect and until further orders.

It was unclear if the former premier and his daughter would be kept at the Adiala Jail or the sub-jail in Sihala. But sources said the two might undergo medical examination and other formalities at Adiala before being shifted to Sihala.

Earlier on Friday night, accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir signed arrest warrants for the father-daughter duo.

The former three-time prime minister was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) by an accountability court in Islamabad last week for “owning assets disproportionate to known sources of income”.

His daughter, Maryam, was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million), while her husband, Capt (retd) Safdar, was handed a one-year prison sentence.

Nawaz’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, have been absconding and declared ‘proclaimed offenders’ in the case.

‘My resolve can’t be shaken’
Speaking to the media from Abu Dhabi airport, Nawaz said Pakistan had been turned into a battleground.

“There are blockades everywhere. People have been arrested and they are being given the message to not come to the airport,” the former premier said.

“There are ten days left in the election. Is this how things happen in elections?”

He asserted if the elections do not remain credible, the results would not be accepted.

“My resolve cannot be shaken and I am ready to be arrested,” Nawaz added.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, speaks with supporters from his car during a rally heading towards the airport in Lahore. Photo: AFP
Clashes as supporters rally to welcome Nawaz, Maryam
Earlier, a rally with large number of PML-N supporters headed by party president Shehbaz Sharif tried to make its way to the airport from the city’s Lohari Gate area.

But Nawaz and his daughter were taken into custody from the aircraft and boarded on a flight to Islamabad shortly afterwards.

Section 144 had been imposed across Punjab to deter any untoward situation.

Containers were placed at various roads and cross sections, while roads leading to the airport were blocked to deter the PML-N rally. The Metro bus service in the city also remained suspended.

Earlier, Interim Punjab Home Minister Shaukat Javed addressed a press conference in Lahore urging PML-N workers to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

“They [PML-N workers] have been informed that their rally is illegal,” Javed said.

Earlier in the day, the convoy of former federal minister Khawaja Asif which was headed to Lahore from Sialkot had been stopped near Kamoke.

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was stopped in Kalar Kahar. The caravan of former federal minister Khurram Dastgir, heading to Lahore from Gujranwala, was initially stopped at Sadhuki, but later allowed to move forth.

A caravan making its way from Sahiwal was restricted from heading forth outside the city and several PML-N workers were taken into custody.

Metro bus service suspended in Lahore ahead of Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival. Photo: Geo News
Metro bus service suspended in Lahore ahead of Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival. Photo: Geo News
Containers parked at Band road in Lahore. Photo: Online
Containers parked at Band road in Lahore. Photo: Online
Containers parked at Ring Road in Lahore. Photo: Online
Containers parked at Ring Road in Lahore. Photo: Online
Containers have been placed across Lahore ahead of the PML-N rally. Photo: Geo News
Containers have been placed across Lahore ahead of the PML-N rally. Photo: Geo News
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stand beside a poster featuring Nawaz Sharif (L) and his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif at the venue where Shahbaz will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Nawaz from London, in Lahore on July 13, 2018. Photo: AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif stand beside a poster featuring Nawaz Sharif (L) and his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif at the venue where Shahbaz will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Nawaz from London, in Lahore on July 13, 2018. Photo: AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif hold posters of him and chant slogans as they gather at the venue where his younger brother Shehbaz Srarif will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Nawaz. Photo: AFP
Supporters of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif hold posters of him and chant slogans as they gather at the venue where his younger brother Shehbaz Srarif will lead a rally towards the airport ahead of the arrival of Nawaz. Photo: AFP
Policemen carry their gear as they arrive at the Alama Iqbal International Airport ahead of the arrival of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from London, in Lahore on July 13, 2018. Photo: AFP
Policemen carry their gear as they arrive at the Alama Iqbal International Airport ahead of the arrival of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from London, in Lahore on July 13, 2018. Photo: AFP
Metro bus service suspended in Lahore ahead of Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival. Photo: Geo News
Metro bus service suspended in Lahore ahead of Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz’s arrival. Photo: Geo News
Containers parked at Band road in Lahore. Photo: Online
Containers parked at Band road in Lahore. Photo: Online
In Faisalabad, police made party workers, heading for Lahore, disembark from their vehicles and took them into custody.

Similar situation was observed in other cities of the province where PML-N workers and supporters were restricted from making their way to Lahore to welcome the party supremo.

A large contingent of police and Rangers had also been deployed on GT Road.

A clash took place between PML-N workers and police at Ravi toll plaza in Lahore. Police said three personnel, including an assistant sub-inspector and two constables, were injured in the clash.

Enraged individuals pelted stones and damaged a police vehicle as well. The situation prompted police to fire tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters.

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