LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, alongside together with his daughter, Maryam, commenced his journey from town’s Heathrow Airport late Thursday night time again to his motherland, Geo News reported.
Earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and the previous first daughter had reached the London airport for his or her scheduled flight, some time after seeing Sharif’s ailing spouse, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who’s at present within the hospital, present process remedy.
Prior to his departure, Sharif had stated his spouse lastly opened her eyes for a couple of seconds — one thing he had revealed a day prior that he wished for. He, nonetheless, regretted having to depart her in such state and return to Pakistan.
“Told my kids to be brave in the face of oppression. But kids will still be kids,” Maryam wrote in a tweet forward of her departure.
“Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups,” she added.
The two had flown off to London earlier than Eid-ul-Fitr to have a tendency to Begum Kulsoom and have been anticipated to land in Lahore round 6PM on Friday, every week after an accountability court docket sentenced the daddy and daughter to 11 and eight years, respectively, in jail within the Avenfield Properties reference case.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) disclosed that it had organized two helicopters to shift the father-daughter duo to Central Jail Rawalpindi — the Adiala jail — instantly as they land in Lahore.
One of the 2 choppers could be stationed at Lahore airport, whereas the opposite could be in Islamabad, with orders from the NAB to arrest the previous premier and his daughter upon touchdown at both of the 2 airports.
It is necessary to observe that the identical helicopter that Sharif had used whereas he held the workplace of the Prime Minister of Pakistan would take him to the Adiala jail.
The NAB had fashioned a 16-member staff to detain Sharif and Maryam, with the anti-graft physique directing extra safety personnel to stay on alert on Friday (today).
Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, the NAB Chairman, has warned that strict motion will likely be taken in opposition to anybody who obstructs the arrest of the PML-N leaders.