Nawaz Sharif, Maryam in UAE, to reach Lahore by 6:15pm

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam in UAE, to reach Lahore by 6:15pm

"In a tweet, the former first daughter said "[First] time in 30 days, Ami opened eyes for a few seconds.

Kulsoom Nawaz, whose health has been described as "highly critical" by doctors, has been undergoing treatment at the Harley Street Clinic in London. [She is] still not conscious and on ventilator.

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

Nawaz and Maryam, convicted by an anti-graft court in Islamabad on July 6, were sentenced to 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Avenfield reference.

The authorities have also suspended the metro bus service ahead of the Sharif's arrival, leaving commuters in limbo.

The court handed a year to Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law, for not cooperating with the accountability watchdog, and aiding and abetting his wife and father-in-law. "Prayers solicited", Maryam said on Twitter.


They will be brought to Pakistan's Lahore. According to NAB law, an accused can file an appeal against the court's verdict within 10 days of the judgment being made public.

They landed at Abu Dhabi airport this afternoon for a stopover. Maryam had announced a rally on July 13 in Lahore, after which the two will surrender before the authorities.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan had criticised the PML-N's move to welcome Sharif and his daughter.

Sharif's return comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which one year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power. It's no longer the 1970s or 1980s when you could dictate everyone.

A larger number of impounded containers have been dispatched at more than 50 points in the city, including Thokar Niaz Baig, Multan Road, Ghari Shahu, Davis Road, Band Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Babu Sabu Interchange, Mazang Chungi, Model Town- Link Road, Bhatta Chowk, Cantt Entrance, Shahdara Chowk, Azaadi Flyover, Raiwand Road, Ring Road, Airport & Surrounding Areas, Yateem Khana Chowk and All Interchanges of main cities of Punjab on Motorway M2 towards Lahore, to block the roads.

Shehbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of the PML-N were visibly angry over the police crackdown on their party workers during a press conference held in Lahore on Thursday afternoon. Some have even called it the "ugliest face of Pakistani establishment" as the administration in the country said it would arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam mid-air, as soon as their plane enters Pakistani territory.

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