Ahead Of Arrest, Photo Of Nawaz Sharif With Wife, Daughter In Hospital

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz, whose health has been described as "highly critical" by doctors, has been undergoing treatment at the Harley Street Clinic in London.

"I am leaving behind my ailing wife to come back for the sake of the country", said Nawaz, adding that Kulsoom had briefly opened her eyes but "she did not recognize me".

The duo, who are convicted in Avenfield reference case, will stay at the Abu Dhabi airport for seven hours and will reach Lahore at 6.15pm (2.15 United Kingdom time), sources said. "But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you".

Before leaving for Pakistan from London, Maryam, said: "It is the most hard decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey". I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years [in prison] and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away.


Recent opinion polls suggest PML-N has lost its lead nationally to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of arch-rival Khan, whose anti-corruption message has resonated with many Pakistanis.

An accountability court has awarded 10 years to Mr Sharif and eight to his daughter in the Avenfield corruption reference verdict.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has already announced that the father-daughter duo will be arrested as soon as their aircraft lands in Lahore and will be sent to Islamabad on a helicopter. NAB Lahore has apparently arranged a helicopter to airlift the two convicts from Lahore to Islamabad, so they can be taken to NAB's Rawalpindi prison.

The caretaker government in Punjab has intensified the crackdown against PML-N ahead of the Sharifs' homecoming rally.


A PML-N official told Reuters that police began monitoring his house and the residences of a number of other party activists on Wednesday night.

Lamenting that the party is not being allowed to campaign and is "being pushed against the wall", Shehbaz said, "No one complain to me later if we are not given a level playing field".

Sharif has also said the military's intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, is intimidating his party's candidates to switch loyalties, or to run as independents, ahead of the July 25 poll. He has urged upon all party workers to join the rally. His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne.


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