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Pakistan puts Nawaz Sharif and daughter on exit control list

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The government today placed ousted Sharif and his daughter on the exit control list (ECL) to prevent them from flying abroad after they return to the country from on Friday.

The move came days after the accountability court in convicted Sharif and Maraym in the Avenfield properties corruption case and sentenced them to 10 and seven years jail respectively. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving

The father-daughter duo are currently in to look after Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer and has been on ventilator since June 14 after a cardiac arrest.

"The on the request of the country's anti-graft body (NAB) has placed the names of Sharif and on ECL," an of the confirmed.

He said after the conviction of Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, in a corruption case, the ministry entertained the NAB's request and placed their names on the ECL.

While they will not face any difficulty in coming to Pakistan, they are expected to be arrested during the immigration process at the airport as per standard procedure for all those placed on the ECL, Geo TV reported.

The NAB has already declared that Sharif and Maryam will be arrested upon their arrival at any airport of the country.

Speaking to reporters in London, the three-time said that he and his daughter would land in and decide their future strategy once they arrive in

Sharif has said that he is not afraid of going to jail.

"I am coming back to liberate Pakistan from the shackles of fear created by a few judges and army generals," he had said after he was sentenced last Friday.

Officials from the (NAB) had also arrested Sharif's son-in-law, retired Mohammad Safdar, in and sent him to jail on Monday.

He had also been sentenced by the accountability court to one year in prison on charges of abetment in the Avenfield case.

Meanwhile, the NAB has decided to request the caretaker government to provide a helicopter to it so that it can shift Sharif and Maryam to after their arrival at the airport on July 14.

A NAB said taking both the convicts to from the airport by road may require elaborate security arrangements.

"Since the road option may be difficult for the authorities concerned with regard to provide security cover, a helicopter should be provided to the NAB to avoid problems in the arrest and shifting them (Nawaz and Maryam) to in after producing them before the accountability court," the said.

said a large number of party workers will gather in Lahore from all provinces of the country to give historic welcome to Sharif and Maryam.

"Our workers cannot be stopped by any hurdle," she said.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:05 IST