Nawaz, Maryam to be arrested at Lahore airport on arrival

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad/London

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will be arrested upon arrival at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and handed over to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials, a well-placed source said on Tuesday.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting chaired by Interior Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, which was attended by the provincial chief secretary, the inspector general of police Punjab, the NAB director general Lahore, director general of the Federal Investigation Agency and Islamabad’s chief commissioner. It was decided that Nawaz and Maryam would be flown to Islamabad on a helicopter following their arrest.
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. If security is uncertain, a judicial remand may be sought while Nawaz and Maryam are held at Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, where Captain Safdar is also currently imprisoned.
The officials also considered seeking assistance from Rangers to maintain law and order, the source said.
The duo, currently in London, is scheduled to return to Pakistan on July 13, a week after an accountability court sentenced them to serve jail time in the Avenfield corruption reference.
The two were also slapped with fines of 8 million pounds sterling (for Nawaz) and 2 million pounds (for Maryam). venfield reference.
The Interior Ministry on Tuesday placed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s name on Exit Control List (ECL).
It is pertinent here to mention that NAB had asked interior ministry on February 11 and then again on June 11 to put names of Sharif family on ECL. NAB’s both requests were turned down and Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz left the country and they are still in London.
Meanwhil, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday termed putting their names on the Exit Control List a last ditch effort to bar them from returning to the country.
The Pakistan Muslim League-N supremo and his daughter earlier announced to surrender to the National Accountability Bureau on their return to the country on Friday following the Avenfield verdict.
“No matter how much you try to cover it, people know the reality,” Maryam said while talking to reporters in London.
“This is not the 1970s or 80s; the more you try to cover up [the facts] the more you will be exposed,” the PML-N leader added.

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