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Former PM Sharif Arrested on Return to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD Ė Pakistanís former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were arrested on Friday in Lahore as they were returning to their home country a week after being sentenced to prison on corruption charges, a police official told EFE.

ďA team from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) placed Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Sharif under police arrest after they arrived in Lahore airport on a flight from Abu Dhabi,Ē Amara Athar said.

Lahore Police spokesman Mohamed Safdar told EFE that the NAB team, accompanied by the police, put the two detainees on another plane, who where then flown to the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad.

In Lahore, thousands of followers of Sharif and his party, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), protested the arrest of their leader, who returned to the country less than two weeks before the July 25 general election.

Television stations showed some confrontations between protesters and security forces, although the police have not provided information on the number of people who were injured or arrested in the clashes.

The protests took place despite the fact that the government of the province of Punjab had deployed 10,000 police officers and banned the PML-N from gathering to receive their leader.

Sharif, 67, returned to Pakistan a week after an anti-corruption tribunal sentenced him to 10 years in prison in a case involving the purchase of luxury apartments in the United Kingdom with money of ostensibly illicit origin.

Maryam Sharif was sentenced to seven years.

In July 2017, Pakistanís Supreme Court ousted Sharif as prime minister and barred him from public office for life after an investigation spurred by the publication of the Panama Papers found that he failed to disclose payments from a company belonging to his son.

Sharif argued at the time that the true reason for the courtís action was the treason accusation he leveled against Pakistanís former military strongman, Pervez Musharraf.

 

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