Lahore, July 13: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested on Friday after they arrived in Lahore from Abu Dhabi. According to reports, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team has taken Nawaz Sharif and Maryam into custody. NAB officials said they had arranged two helicopters to shift the father-daughter duo to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
On July 6, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, and a fine of eight million pounds was slapped on him in the Avenfield Reference case. Maryam was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds, by the Accountability Court.
According to video footage, Nawaz Sharif was quoted saying, "I'll be taken straight to jail. But I'm doing this for people of Pakistan,sacrificing for generations to come.Such opportunity won't come again.Let's build destiny of Pakistan together."
Watch the video:
نواز شریف نے اپنا فرض نبھا دیا۔ اب آپ کی باری ہے ! pic.twitter.com/TqG2evM0wn
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) July 13, 2018
The Avenfield corruption case is among the multiple graft cases filed against the former Premier and his children by the anti-corruption body on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict last year.
Earlier in April, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz from contesting elections for the rest of his life because of his corruption cases as revealed in the Panama Papers. Sharif had resigned in July after the apex court's ruling.