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Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam arrested in graft case on return to Pakistan

The plane carrying Sharif and Maryam landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Airport nearly three hours late from the scheduled arrival.

Earlier they flew to the UAE capital from London, where Sharif’s ailing wife Kulsoom is battling for her life. Officials from Pakistan’s anti-graft body, who were present at the airport, took them into custody as they came out of the plane.

The two were convicted on July 6 in the Evenfield properties case linked to the Sharif family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London. Both Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, have been sentenced by an accountability court to 10 and 7 years in prison respectively.

The National Accountability Bureau and the caretaker government had announced that they would be taken into custody upon their arrival at the airport. A helicopter present at the airport took them to Islamabad; from there they will be sent to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after producing them before the accountability court. 

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