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Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz arrested, moved to Adiala prison: Avenfield reference

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LAHORE:  A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team aided by Airport Security Force (ASF) officials arrested former premier Mian Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif in compliance with a July 6 court order in the Avenfield case, minutes after they landed in Lahore, The Business reported.

The former PM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were later moved to Adiala prison after necessary legal proceedings.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders who left London yesterday arrived in the country through a connecting flight via Abu Dhabi.

They were arrested soon after they landed in the Punjab province’s capital. A number of PML-N leaders had announced rallies to receive the PML-N leader at airport but security measures adopted at their arrival prevented anyone from entering the airport premises.

Mobile phone service had been cut off in mid-afternoon, as Sharif’s brother, Shehbaz, led around 10,000 party supporters on a march towards the city centre in defiance of a citywide ban on public gatherings.

About the Avenfield verdict

On July 6, the PML-N supreme leader was awarded 10 years in prison, while his daughter Maryam and her spouse Capt. Safdar were handed seven years’ and one year’s prison term, respectively.

Judge Muhammad Bashir ordered forfeiture of their properties in the Avenfield Apartments and Park Lane of London. He imposed a fine of £8 million (approximately Rs1,292m) on the former premier and £2 million (approximately Rs323m) on his daughter.

Besides, three convicts were awarded an additional one-year imprisonment, which will run concurrently for not cooperating with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

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