Section 144 to be imposed at Lahore airport before Sharif's arrival

Section 144 to be imposed at Lahore airport before Sharif's arrival

Section 144 to be imposed at Lahore airport before Sharif's arrival

Islamabad-based accountability court's judge Muhammad Bashir, who gave 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to 68-year-old Sharif in the Avenfield apartment case last week, was hearing the Al Azizia steel mills corruption case against him. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.

Sharif and his daughter are now in London, where the former prime minister's wife is undergoing cancer treatment.

A six-member NAB team reached Mansehra on Sunday to arrest Captain (retd) Safdar.

"The interior ministry on the request of the country's anti-graft body - National Accountability Bureau (NAB)- has placed the names of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on ECL", an official of the Interior Ministry confirmed. Firstly, they said, the flight of Etihad Airways would land at Islamabad at 8am and it would be hard for the party to gather its workers early in the morning.

"We are not associated in any way with the attack on Hussain Nawaz's residence or the related protest", the party's United Kingdom spokesperson said.

Mr Sharif has said that he is not afraid of going to jail. The judge made a decision to refer the matter to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which has the authority to transfer cases to another court, and adjourned the hearing until July 12.

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Nawaz, considered to be her father's political heir, was also sentenced to a seven-year term in connection with the same case.

NAB teams are expected to be waiting at the airport to arrest both father and daughter as soon as they land, either in Lahore or Islamabad.

Safdar said he is here to court arrest among his supporters, Geo TV reported.

"So far we have not been successful but his homes are being monitored", a NAB official said. Earlier today, in an audio message Safdar said he would surrender himself to authorities today because "honour demands it".

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

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