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Nawaz, Maryam arrested




LAHORE, Pakistan: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz have been arrested shorty after arriving at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. The arrests come a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield apartments case.

A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team has taken Nawaz and Maryam in its custody. According to reports, the former premier and his daughter are cooperating with NAB officials.

The father-daughter duo have been put into a private jet and will be sent off to Islamabad soon where a helicopter will shift them to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. Initially, NAB had plans to use a helicopter to transport Nawaz and Maryam to the capital, but bad weather forced NAB to look at other options.

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Nawaz and Maryam 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 PML-N rally headed by party president Shehbaz Sharif is heading towards the Allama Iqbal Airport and is currently at Charing Cross. The rally didn’t make it to the airport in time.

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NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has warned that strict action would be taken against anyone who obstructs the arrest of the PML-N leaders. The party, however, has claimed that it would only take out a peaceful rally at the airport to welcome its leader.

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FIA team has taken the passports from the former premier and his daughter, after which they were seated in the Hajj Lounge of the airport.


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