Sharif, Maryam face arrest on arrival

Pakistan       by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

Pakistan by Associated Press of Pakistan | Published

The court handed a 10-year sentence and £8 million (Rs1.29 billion) to Pakistan's former prime minister. "We will have to decide how the country will be run", Safdar said, adding: "I am surrendering myself in order to set a foundation for democracy". Sharif's 44-year-old daughter and co-accused Maryam was given seven years for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the NAB - also to run concurrently.

"Let me make it clear that the law enforcement agencies will arrest Nawaz and Maryam at the airport to implement the court's order", he said. "Surrendering is an honourable act", he upheld. The interior ministry has already placed their names on the Exit Control List.

Meanwhile, the anti-corruption watchdog said that if Capt (retd) Safdar had to give voluntarily arrest then he should have done it on Saturday. Mr Safdar was in Liaquat Bagh to present himself for detention after the accountability court issued his arrest warrants in Avenfield reference.

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After the Supreme Court announced the verdict in Avenfield case Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz chose to return to Pakistan from London on July 13th. Strict security measures were also in place outside the complex, Geo TV reported.

There was a heavy police presence outside the Federal Judicial Complex in Islamabad, where the court is located.

Media officials attempting to enter the court's premises were manhandled by the police. He was arrested yesterday after he dramatically resurfaced in the garrison city of Rawalpindi to lead a rally of supporters. "PML-N workers from across the country will gather in Lahore to welcome their leaders", she said. The bureau had contacted caretaker government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa seeking help in apprehension of Safdar.

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