Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested on Friday night as soon as they arrived at Lahore airport, Pakistan. The former Prime Minister was convicted in a corruption scandal after Panama Papers leak had happened a couple of years ago. Nawaz Shari has been sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a Pakistani court. Ahead of his arrival in Pakistan, there is a tense atmosphere, which is currently prevailing in the country, though the local authorities are monitoring the situation.
LIVE updates on Nawaz Sharif’s expected arrest
11:30 pm After being arrested, Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been taken to taken to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, according to reports.
10:10 pm: Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz has been arrested at Lahore airport. Both will now be taken to Islamabad.
8:40 pm The Etihad Airways flight carrying Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to Pakistan has been diverted to Islamabad from Lahore.
8:30 pm Ahead of Nawaz Sharif’s expected arrest, the situation is tense in Lahore and some incidents of stone pelting have also been reported.
8:25 pm Meanwhile, in a bomb blast which took place in an election rally in Pakistan’s Quetta, at least 70 people have been reported to be killed in the attack
Earlier in the day, Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif while speaking to media at the Abu Dhabi airport had said that he was coming back for the future generations of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif had added, “Mein karz chukane aa raha hun jo mujh par wajib hai.”
Meanwhile, before his arrival in Pakistan today, the Punjab (State in Pakistan) Police had issued detention orders for senior party leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. However, PML(N) president Shahbaz Sharif had said Nawaz Sharif will arrive in Pakistan today, therefore he urges Lahore airport to welcome him. “NawazSharif will reach Lahore airport in a few hours. I urge all to reach Lahore airport to welcome him. Currently, I am in an interior town, where people are gathering to proceed to Lahore airport to welcome him.”