NAB To Shift Nawaz And Maryam From Lahore To islamabad
NAB To Shift Nawaz And Maryam From Lahore To islamabad: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has acquired a helicopter to shift former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from Lahore to Islamabad following their arrest upon return to Pakistan on Friday.
Sources privy to the development said DG NAB Lahore had written a letter to their Chairman for providing helicopter to shift Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz from Lahore to Islamabad.
The Chairman NAB had forwarded this letter to the government, the sources said and added that the responding positively, the government has provided helicopter to the authorities concerned for shifting Nawaz and Maryam.
Former PM Nawaz and his daughter Maryam will arrive at Lahore via private airline on Friday, July 13 at 6:15pm.
It may be noted here Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain (retd) Safdar have been sentenced for 10, 7 and one year imprisonment respectively by the Accountability Court in Avenfield Apartments’ Reference on last Friday.
NAB officials had arrested Captain (retd) Safdar and shifted him to Adiala Jail.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that he was returning to Pakistan leaving his wife Kulsoom in Allah’s protection and not scared of whether he is hanged, imprisoned or given any other punishment.
Speaking at a news conference alongwith his daughter Maryam Nawaz, the former premier said that he wished to see his wife opening her eyes again, requesting the nation to pray for her recovery.
He said that he was returning “despite seeing a prison cell in front of him” and was saddened that he was leaving his wife behind on ventilator.
“I am returning to fulfill the promise of giving respect to vote,” Nawaz said, adding that he would not abandon his nation and was ready to pay any cost.
Nawaz Sharif took a jibe at Asif Ali Zardari and others who said that he will not return to Pakistan. “Those putting me on the ECL should know that I am coming back, there are those who said that I will not be coming back to Pakistan, some said I will be taking political asylum but all of them were wrong, I and Maryam are coming back. This is my message to them that I am not the one who runs away.”
Speaking of the Avenfield reference verdict, the former premier noted that it was written in the verdict that Nawaz had been absolved of corruption charges.
“It had to be written in the verdict that no evidence of corruption could be found against me,” he said.
“Is there any Pakistani whose three generations had to face such sort of accountability?” he asked.
Nawaz said the people of Pakistan once again saw the “real face” of justice. “Having searched in several countries of the world, it had to be written that there was no evidence of corruption [against me].”
He maintained that he respected every institution of Pakistan, noting that he made the country a nuclear-capable state.
“I have immense respect for ‘Ghazis’ and ‘Shuhada’ of Pakistani forces in my heart,” the former premier said. “The martyrs sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.”
He said that they greatly loved these ‘Ghazis’ and ‘Shuhada’, and they could sacrifice everything for these sons of the soil.
Nawaz, however, said that he had set out bearing the flag of “give respect to vote.”
“I’m coming to pay off the debt of the nation that thrice elected me the prime minister,” he said.
He said that the conviction verdict against him stands exposed as “biased” and “vindictive”. He said that tens of thousands of documents were presented before the court and billions were spent on the trial but in the end the prosecution judge, while announcing the verdict, confirmed that I have not done a corruption of a penny or misused public funds. “I was acquitted on all corruption charges,” he said.
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