Maryam Nawaz Sharif says goodbye to her kids ahead of her arrest

Minnie Murray
July 13, 2018

Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were sentenced to prison in a corruption case on July 6 along with Maryam Nawaz's husband Captain Safdar.

Nawaz Sharif return latest updates: Owing to the "sensitive" nature of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam's return to Pakistan, Punjab officials have chose to suspend mobile services in some parts of Lahore from 3 pm to 11 pm. Such opportunity won't come again.

Some have even called it the "ugliest face of Pakistani establishment" as the administration in the country said it would arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam mid-air, as soon as their plane enters Pakistani territory.

Maryam was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined £2 million by the Accountability Court.

The father-daughter duo, both sentenced to lengthy jail terms in absentia, are due to return to Pakistan later today in a high-stakes gamble to galvanise their beleaguered party ahead of a July 25 general election.

Before leaving for Pakistan from London, Maryam, said: "It is the most hard decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey".

Sharif alleges the military is aiding a "judicial witchhunt" against him and his PML-N party.


Furthermore, the flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

Their return could shake up an election race marred by claims Pakistan's powerful military was skewing the contest in favour of ex-cricket hero Imran Khan.

A PML-N official told Reuters that police began monitoring his house and the residences of a number of other party activists on Wednesday night.

Kulsoom Nawaz, whose health has been described as "highly critical" by doctors, has been undergoing treatment at the Harley Street Clinic in London.

Pakistani police detained hundreds of members of the former ruling party in the central city of Lahore on Thursday, weeks before the country heads to the polls, party officials said.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered the release of PML-N workers illegally detained by law enforcement agencies by 2pm today. A second stint in power was ended by a military coup in 1999, prompting a period in jail for Sharif and years in exile in London. Shahbaz Sharif is expected to lead a rally to Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive Nawaz Sharif and his daughter. They have announced that they will address a rally in Lahore, after which they will surrender.

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