Why Maryam Nawaz Sharif's arrest today has become a headache for Pakistan

13 July, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Sharif loyalists arrested as former PM returns to appeal conviction

Maryam Nawaz also wrote on her Twitter account that her mother opened her eyes for a few seconds and we don't know either she recognized us or not but thanks to Almighty Allah that he has answered our prayers.

Sharif has also said the military's intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, is intimidating his party's candidates to switch loyalties, or to run as independents, ahead of the July 25 poll. "She looked around after opening her eyes".

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

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had been unconscious and in a critical condition after she suffered a cardiac arrest last month.

It is pertinent here to mention that Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz reached Abu Dhabi early Friday and after a a brief stay in Abu Dhabi for seven hours thye will reach Lahore Friday evening at 7pm.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has already announced that the father-daughter duo will be arrested as soon as their aircraft lands in Lahore and will be sent to Islamabad on a helicopter.

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Meanwhile, flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

"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.

A PML-N official told Reuters that police began monitoring his house and the residences of a number of other party activists on Wednesday night.

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.

The run-up to the general election has been marred by accusations that the military is meddling in politics and muzzling the media to help usher cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) into power. He was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan past year following a corruption investigation and banned from politics for life but remains a powerful symbol for his ruling party.

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