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Nawaz Sharif arrested highlights: Ex-PM, Maryam taken to Sihala rest house


Islamabad/New Delhi, July 13: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz landed at the Lahore airport on Friday evening (9:15 IST) and were arrested even before they exited the plane. They were convicted by a Pakistani court in the Avenfield Apartments case. Nawaz and daughter Maryam face 10 years and 7 years in prison, respectively.

Nawaz and Maryam deboarding the plane at Lahore (Image courtesy - ANI/Twitter)

According to local media reports, Pakistan Rangers were deployed at the Lahore airport ahead of the arrival or Nawaz and Maryam Sharif in Pakistan.

Here are the developments of Friday evening:

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1:20 AM, 14 Jul
Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam will be lodged at Sihala rest house tonight.
12:32 AM, 14 Jul
As per the latest reports, both Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam are being taken to Sihala rest house.
11:52 PM, 13 Jul
Cell phone services have been restored in Lahore.
11:49 PM, 13 Jul
After the arrest, Nawaz Sharif is being taken to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi while Maryam is being taken to Sihala rest house. A makeshift helipad has been made near the jail. There is heavy police deployment around the jail.
11:11 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were taken into custody by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials shortly after arriving at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport on Friday night. They were subsequently boarded onto a small chartered plane bound for Islamabad International Airport (IIA). The flight has left Lahore, Dawn reported.
10:02 PM, 13 Jul
Just before being arrested, the three member FIA team entered aircraft and seized passports of Nawaz and Maryam Sharif, reported GEO News.
9:59 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif's mother Begum Shamim Akhtar and son of Shehbaz Sharif, Salman were allowed to enter the Lahore airport, reported ARY news.
9:52 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been arrested. They had landed in Lahore from Abu Dhabi a short while back, reported SAMAA TV. Their passports have been seized.
9:50 PM, 13 Jul
The two are expected to be arrested shortly and flown to Islamabad International Airport (IIA), either by a small plane or by helicopter. Upon landing at IIA, Nawaz and Maryam will either be flown to Adiala Jail or driven to Attock Jail, Dawn reported.
9:47 PM, 13 Jul
Hundreds of Nawaz Sharif supporters outside Lahore airport. There are reports of some clashes between PML-N workers and authorities.
9:43 PM, 13 Jul
ARY News is reporting that police has entered the Etihad aircraft that is carrying former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team has also entered the plane, said reports.
9:32 PM, 13 Jul
NAB officials and a chopper waiting at the Lahore airport to take Nawaz and Maryam to jail.
9:22 PM, 13 Jul
The plane with Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz lands at Lahore airport. The father-daughter duo faces arrest at the airport by Pakistani authorities.
9:20 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif's flight descends at Lahore airport.
8:03 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif's brother and PML-L president Shahbaz Sharif is leading a rally towards Lahore airport.
8:02 PM, 13 Jul
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal directs the Bureau’s officials to arrest Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz at all cost, reported Dunya News.
7:55 PM, 13 Jul
NAB chairman directs to arrest Nawaz, Maryam at all cost, reports Dunya news. There are also reports that Sharif's flight has been diverted to Islamabad.
7:52 PM, 13 Jul
There are reports of clashes in Lahore as Nawaz supporters head for airport. 378 people have been arrested in Lahore.
7:41 PM, 13 Jul
Intensifying its crackdown on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party workers, the Punjab Police has issued detention orders for senior party leaders, including former minister Saad Rafique, ANI reported. In a letter, Inspector General (IG) of Punjab Police Kaleem Imam wrote to the Lahore Deputy Commissioner ordering the detention of seven PML-N leaders for 30 days, The Nation reported.
7:39 PM, 13 Jul
PML-N supporters head towards Lahore airport ahead of Nawaz Sharif's arrival.
6:52 PM, 13 Jul
"Miyan Nawaz Sharif will reach Lahore airport in a few hours. I urge all to reach Lahore airport to welcome him. Currently, I am at an interior town, where people are gathering to proceed to Lahore airport to welcome him," says PML(N) president and Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif.
6:24 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz and Maryam will reach Lahore today by 7pm local time (7.30 pm IST), reported Dunya News.
6:21 PM, 13 Jul
As per reports, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team headed by Amjad Ali comprising 16 members including police women, has been handed over the responsibility to arrest Nawaz and Maryam.
5:48 PM, 13 Jul
In a video message, tweeted by Maryam, the former premier urged his followers to stand with him and “change the fate of the country”. “The country is at a critical juncture right now,” Sharif, 68, said. “I have done what I could. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years [in prison] and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away. But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you.”
5:48 PM, 13 Jul
Mayam took to Twitter to post pictures of the scenes in London before their departure. In one picture, the father and daughter are seen bidding a teary farewell to Kulsoom Nawaz, who is being treated for cancer at a London hospital.
5:29 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz, who spoke to reporters from various news organisations over the phone, wondered how a flight "that is never late" has been delayed today and urged people to "think about who delayed this flight and why.", Dawn report.
5:27 PM, 13 Jul
The flight, Etihad Airways flight EY243, earlier scheduled to land at 6.15pm local time at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport, has been delayed, reported Dawn.
5:26 PM, 13 Jul
Nawaz Sharif's flight has been delayed. The flight with Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz onboard was held up in Abu Dhabi. They are on their way to Lahore from London.
5:05 PM, 13 Jul
"Even if 30% to 40% of Pakistan media stands united then no one will be able to gag or put pressure on the media, but they have to take a stand," Sharif said, as per ANI report.
5:04 PM, 13 Jul
"I am doing what I should do, I am taking my struggle forward. I am going to Pakistan, but what credibility is now left of the elections? Who will believe the results?" ANI quoted Nawaz Sharif as saying at Business Class lounge of Abu Dhabi airport.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan said that those receiving embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore were "donkeys," ANI reported. His comments evoked a strong response from the PML-N with Shehbaz Sharif denouncing PTI chief's comments.

Hitting back at Imran Khan for calling party workers donkeys, Shehbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan neither knows politics nor morality, he will see millions of PML-N workers will reach to welcome their leader, Dunya News reported.

PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto was scheduled to fly from Lahore to Peshawar on Friday. However, his flight has been cancelled following intense security arrangements at the airport ahead of former Paksitani PM Nawaz Sharif's arrival.

Here's how Nawaz Sharif was given 'full VIP treatment' in Abu Dhabi.

Earlier in the day, Sharif on-board flight had said,''I'll be taken straight to jail. But I'm doing this for people of Pak, sacrificing for generations to come. Such opportunity won't come again. Let's build destiny of Pak together.''

Officials have said a helicopter each had been positioned at airports in Islamabad and Lahore airports for the arrest.

The father-daughter duo, who traveled to London just before Eid ul Fitr to be with ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, are scheduled to arrive in Lahore on Friday at 6:15 pm. They would be kept at Adiala jail for 1 day and then would be transferred to Attock Fort.

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

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

Nawaz Sharif to shift in jail

Sharif is returning from Britain one week after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10 year jail term over the purchase of luxury London flats and sentenced his daughter to seven years in prison.

Earlier on Thursday, Sharif had a farewell meeting with former finance minister Ishaq Dar in London, before leaving for Abu Dhabi.

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz to arrive in Pakistan today: Two choppers, 100 commandos at airport

Hussain Nawaz, son of former Pak PM, speaking on the health of his mother Kulsoom Nawaz said,''She has opened eyes after exactly one month. I don't have anything else to share. Her sedatives were being reduced. I only request that please remember her in your prayers.''

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted,''Told my kids to be brave in the face of oppression. But kids will still be kids. Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups."

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

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