Nawaz Sharif, Maryam arrested, shifted to Adiala jail

Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz says it is painful to see PM Modi attending G20 summit

Maryam Nawaz tweeted a photo of her hugging her distraught daughter and son before leaving for her flight, with the caption: "Goodbyes are hard, even for the grown-ups".

Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court previous year in the Panama Papers case, is now the supremo of the PML-N.

According to local media Dunya, police and city administration blocked all roads going to the airport to prevent PML-N workers and leaders to reach the airport to welcome father-daughter duo.

"Maryam and I are coming back to face prison and even if they send me to the gallows, we know that freedom can not be won without sacrifice".

Earlier, it was reported that the Cabinet Division had allocated two helicopters to the NAB. "The country is at a critical juncture right now", said Nawaz Sharif.

The verdict came at a time when Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif were in London to see Begum Kulsum Nawaz Sharif who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

National Accountability Bureau chairperson Javed Iqbal has formed a 16-member team to arrest the two and shift them to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi after producing them at the accountability court.

"Over 100 police commandos will be deployed at the airport on Friday to avert any untoward incident", senior Lahore police officer Sardar Asif said.

Security has been beefed up at New Islamabad International Airport ahead of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's arrival.

A Pakistani accountability court on Friday sentenced Sharif in absentia to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family's purchase of upscale London flats.

A spokesman for Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party confirmed they were arrested soon afterwards.

"Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials", the PML-N president asserted, as he warned the officials concerned of "fair judgement" if the PML-N is voted to power again.

The younger Sharif has called upon Mr. Askari for the immediate release of the detained workers.

PML-N leaders say authorities have launched a crackdown against union council leaders, the street-level party workers who bring out people on the streets, detaining hundreds of workers over the last 36 hours.

Recent opinion polls suggest PML-N is losing its lead nationally to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of arch-rival Khan, whose anti-corruption message has resonated with many Pakistanis.

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