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Ex-Pakistan PM return to Lahore highlights: Nawaz, Maryam arrested; PML-N Prez urges supporters to vote for the leader

Former Pakistan Prime Minister and his daughter Maryam Sharif were arrested at the Lahore airport upon their arrival from London in Avenfield reference case. Both were taken into custody by National Accountability Bureau.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 15, 2018 7:38:00 am
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif News, Nawaz Sharif in pakistan, Nawaz Sharif lahore, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif arrest Nawaz Sharif return to Lahore highlights: Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport. (Reuters Image)

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif return to Lahore Live Updates: Convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Sharif were arrested at the Lahore airport upon their arrival from London in Avenfield reference case. They were shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi later. Lahore is on lockdown as PML-N supporters march under the leadership of Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz Sharif.

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PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif urged Pakistan nationals to vote for PML-N candidates at the July 25 vote. He said that Sharif had left his ailing wife back in London and returned to Pakistan for the better future of the country. Sharif has been awarded a 10-year sentence by an anti-corruption court in connection with the Panama Papers investigation, while his daughter is facing a 7-year sentence. Over 300 leaders and workers were arrested on Thursday in a crackdown ahead of their arrival. At least 10,000 personnel are deployed across the city on Friday.

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Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz arrested at Lahore airport upon arrival. Flown to Islamabad.

11:08 (IST)14 Jul 2018
50 injured as PML-N workers clash with police in Lahore

At least 50 persons were injured during the tear gas and baton attack by the police in Punjab province when Sharif's supporters tried to reach the airport. The supporters clashed with police and were arrested the day when former Pak PM and his daughter arrived in Lahore. 

"At least 50 people including 20 policemen have been injured during clashes between PML-N workers, police and the Rangers mostly in Lahore and some adjoining districts in Punjab," Punjab police spokesman Niyab Haider told PTI.

10:34 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Senior PML-N leader alleged that interim govt tried to foil public rally to welcome former Pak PM and daughter

Speaking to media, senior party leader Khawaja Saad Rafiq had said that the interim government arrested dozens of PML-N leaders, workers, supporters and leaders in a bid to thwart the PML-N public rally that was being organised to welcome party supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz. 

10:00 (IST)14 Jul 2018
09:21 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Sharif's brother condoles suicide bombing attack

Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif's brother and PML-N party's president grieved over the suicide bombing attack in Pakistan Friday.

08:59 (IST)14 Jul 2018
I need Pakistanis to know that I'm doing this for you: Sharif before arrest

Maryam tweeted a video of her father, Nawaz Sharif in which he can be heard saying, “The country is at a critical juncture right now. I have done what I could. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years (in prison) and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away. But I want Pakistani nationals to know that I am doing this for you.”

08:39 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Nawaz Sharif has proved he is right: PML-N President

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said while addressing party workers in Lahore on late Friday night, “By returning Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has proved that he is on right. Now for his return [from jail], it is your responsibility to vote for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates on July 25. Despite lockdowns and street clashes, PML-N workers have proved that they are still with Sharif. 

08:09 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweets a picture of her kids before departing from London

Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted a picture of her and her kids before leaving for Pakistan from London. Maryam's son was arrested by the London police for allegedly punching a man Friday.

07:42 (IST)14 Jul 2018
128 people killed at election rally in Pak, Sharif to be accused of the brewing violence?

Nearly 128 people were killed at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan by a suicide bomber during the second-election related attack Friday. This news comes amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25 vote, officials said. The attack is regarded as most deadly in the past three years in the country, making this incident, the third one this week relating to election-violence.

01:03 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Sharif, daughter shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Sharif were shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi today after their arrest in a graft case. They were arrested on their return to the country following the conviction in one of the three corruption cases against the powerful political family, weeks before the July 25 polls. Sharif and Maryam were shifted to Adiala jail in separate armoured vehicles escorted by police, reports PTI. According to jail manual, they can be medically examined at jail hospital. Maryam is expected to be moved later to Sihala Rest House which has been declared as sub-jail.

00:19 (IST)14 Jul 2018
Nawaz and Maryam shifted to Sihala Rest House

The father-daughter duo was moved to Sihala Police Training College Rest House shortly after being moved to Islamabad from Lahore tonight, reports Dawn. The rest house was declared as sub-jail for "keeping the convicted prisoner Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, ex-prime minister, and Ms. Mariam Nawaz, who have been arrested by NAB authorities, with immediate effect and till further orders," as per a notification issued by the Islamabad chief commissioner.

23:15 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz, Maryam whisked to Islamabad on chartered plane

Both Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Sharif were boarded onto a small chartered plane bound for Islamabad International Airport, Dawn reported. Before this, they were arrested at Lahore airport and their passports were confiscated. 

22:05 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz, Maryam Sharif's passport confiscated

Passports of Nawaz and Maryam Sharif has been confiscated as the two has been detained at the Lahore Airport. A PML-N rally headed by party president Shehbaz Sharif is heading towards the Allama Iqbal Airport and is currently at Charing Cross, Geo reported

21:56 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz Sharif arrested upon deboarding at Lahore airport

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz have been arrested after arriving in Lahore.  Nawaz and Maryam had departed from Abu Dhabi after their flight was delayed for over two hours. The two are likely to be flown to Islamabad. 

21:47 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Interpol likely to be urged for arrest of Nawaz Sharif's sons

According to Dawn, the National Accountability Bureau in Pakistan has now written a letter to the interior ministry, asking it to send a request to Interpol for the arrest of Mr Sharif’s sons Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who are also facing NAB references and presently staying in London.

21:45 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz, maryam likely to be flown to Islamabad from Lahore

According to latest reports coming from Pakistan, the father-daughter duo is likely to be taken in a small plane or in a helicopter to Islamabad International Airport. From there both Nawaz and Maryam Sharif will either be flown to Adiala Jail or driven to Attock Jail. Their flight home took off from Abu Dhabi around 5 pm local time and landed in Pakistan at around 8:45 pm PST.

21:34 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz Sharif back in Pakistan, faces imminent arrest; clashes reported in Lahore

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with daughter Maryam today returned to the country to face arrest, a week after being convicted in a corruption case. The plane carrying Sharif and Maryam landed at Lahore's Allama Iqbal Airport at 9:15 IST, nearly three hours late from the scheduled arrival. The Etihad Airways flight EY243 arrived here from Abu Dhabi. Earlier they flew to the UAE capital from London, where Sharif's ailing wife is hospitalised.

21:24 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Nawaz, Maryam Sharif to be arrested shortly

Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif are likely to be arrested, as they landed at the Lahore international airport just minutes ago. 

First images of Nawaz and Maryam Sharif after touchdown at Lahore airport. (Source: Twitter/SecKermani)
21:17 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Flight lands in Lahore

Breaking | The flight carrying the two convicted PMLN leaders has landed at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport. 

21:15 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Flight on its fial approach to Lahore airport

The flight carrying convicted duo of Nawaz and Maryam Sharif is in its final approach and has begun its dissent for the Lahore airport. The two are likely to be taken in a helicopter to Islamabad and then transported to Adiala Jail, suggest reports. 

21:02 (IST)13 Jul 2018
Clases reported in an around Lahore airport

According to Express Tribune, Clashes also reported on Airport road in Lahore. Police use teargas shelling to restrain the party’s workers from approaching the airport. Clashes also reported on Airport road in Lahore. Police use teargas shelling to restrain the party’s workers from approaching the airport.

Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) chant slogans against the arrest of their activists in Lahore. (Reuters)

Nawaz Sharif likely to be arrested on landing in Pakistan today; Lahore on lockdown Nawaz Sharif appears at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain on July 11, 2018. *(Reutes/Hannah McKay/File)

An Accountability Court in Pakistan found former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz guilty of illegitimately purchasing four luxury flats on Park Lane in the heart of London. In a ruling last week, the court sentences Sharif to 10 years in jail and Maryam to seven.

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The case was first highlighted during the Panama Papers investigation when a trove of documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca was disclosed to reveal how the rich set up offshore entities in tax havens.

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