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Pak police take Nawaz Sharif, Maryam into custody

ANI  |  Lahore [Pakistan] 

Convicted in an Avenfield reference case, former Sharif made his entry to the country amidst high drama.

Sharif and his daughter were surrounded by the (NAB) team on Friday, the moment flight EY 243 landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport of at 8:48 p.m. (local time).

Even though the NAB team, which accompanied the two in the flight, surrounded them the moment the plane landed, Sharif and were formally arrested after the immigration.

They were surrounded by commandos at the airport as they got down from the aircraft. Fellow passengers were asked to wait as the duo was first taken to the cars waiting at runway. However, after some discussions with the Rangers they walked down to the terminal with Sharif holding a bag in his hand. Inside the met his mother News reports claimed the had already given permission to Shamim Akhtar and to be present inside the airport.

According to and visuals from the aircraft, which were shot by co-passengers, Sharif and did not resist and got up to leave as soon as the flight touched the ground.

Sharif's mother Shamim Akhtar and Shehbaz were present also at the airport and allowed to meet him.'

from claim that the two-hour-20-minute flight delay helped in mobilizing the PML-N cadre waiting at the airport, as visuals of hundreds of them on the road appeared on Pak TV channels.

The father-daughter duo, who left for from on Thursday, earlier arrived at on Friday, where they had a six-hour lay-off. Sharif spoke to media over a telephonic conference, in which he urged people of Pakistan to stand up and fight for democracy.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam are convicted in an Avenfield reference case on July 6.

From that day, they have 10 days to appeal before the court against the order, which is till July 16.

While Sharif has been given 10 years of imprisonment, Maryam has been awarded eight years in jail. Sharif also has a fine of eight million pounds slapped on him in the Avenfield Reference case.

The case pertains to the purchase of Avenfield apartments through offshore companies, the beneficial owner of which was Maryam. Earlier, NAB sources in said that both the convicted would be kept at for a day before being transferred to in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to from Pakistan, a 16-member team of NAB, that included two women officers, was formed under the headship of Amjad Ali Aulakh, to arrest Sharif and Maryam.

The father-daughter duo was in to meet Sharif's ailing wife

Maryam was sentenced to eight years of jail and fined two million pounds by the

Earlier in April, Pakistan's disqualified from contesting elections for the rest of his life because of his corruption cases as revealed in the Panama Papers. Sharif had stepped down as in July after the apex court's ruling.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 22:08 IST