Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

NAB team to arrest Nawaz, Maryam at Abu Dhabi Airport

NAB team to arrest Nawaz, Maryam at Abu Dhabi Airport

Shahbaz Sharif, brother of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday slammed his country's Pakistan over its bad economic performance, adding that India has India surpassed Pakistan in various fields.

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

"But I'm returning to Pakistan leaving my sick wife behind", he vowed.

Asking the people for their support, he said the destiny of the country can change if the masses stay by his side as such opportunities do not come often.

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Nawaz Sharif, 68, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Pakistan accountability court for corrupt practices linked to his family's purchase of London flats.

The photograph, which was tweeted by a Pakistani journalist, and retweeted by Nawaz Sharif's daughter, shows Maryam breaking down as her father Nawaz Sharif keeps his hand on Begum Kulsoom's forehead, hours before they head to the airport to return to Pakistan, where they would be arrested upon arrival.

In separate statements, Nawaz's children Maryam and Hussain said that their mother had opened her eyes for a few seconds exactly one month after losing consciousness and being placed on a ventilator.

"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". [Begum Nawaz] is still not conscious and on ventilator.

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Meanwhile, on Thursday, the accountability court that sentenced Sharif rejected his petition to transfer the two remaining corruption cases against him to another court, Geo News reported.

This is being done to prevent PML-N workers from staging a hero's welcome on the streets for the leaders. He has urged upon all party workers to join the rally.

PML-N leaders claimed that around 300 workers were arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday, while several hundred others had been picked up from Lahore and other cities.

"Punjab government has not issued any kind of instructions to police for a crackdown against PML-N activists", he said.

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Further, the PML-N president said the verdict in the Avenfield reference was "unjust". Both were convicted and sentenced to prison last week for corruption.

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