JUL 13, 2018: Convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif’s grandsons Junaid Safdar and Zakaria Sharif were taken into custody handcuffed by London police on Friday after they reportedly got enraged and thrashed a Pakistani outside Avenfield House.
According to initial reports, protesters had gathered outside Sharif’s Avenfield residence where a man is believed to have hurled abuses towards Maryam Nawaz’s son Junaid and his cousin Zakaria, prompting them to lose their cool and proceed to grab the man by the collar and punch him.
The protesters notified the police officials present in the vicinity who took Junaid and Zakaria into custody and shifted them to a nearby police station.
“The protesters gathered outside Avenfield House spat at me and tried to attack me,” said handcuffed Junaid Safdar while police was taking him away.
Meanwhile, convicted duo Sharif and daughter Maryam Safdar have left for Heathrow Airport from where they will be flying to Dubai.
They will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail to serve their sentences — 10 years for Nawaz and 7 years for daughter Maryam including fines.
Earlier this week, a group of youngsters had tried to break into the Avenfield House and hurled abuses at Nawaz Sharif as the convicted former premier was entering the posh apartment complex. One protester threw a shopping cart at a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s UK chapter while another was seen hurling eggs at the door.
Avenfield House has witnessed frequent scuffles in recent days. On Friday July 6, a heated verbal argument ensued between two groups when one was distributing sweets outside the Avenfield House after the accountability court judge convicted Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and her husband retired captain Safdar in the corruption reference.
The move angered members of the PML-N’s UK chapter who then broke into a brawl with two men distributing the sweets.
The Accountability Court while convicting Sharif, daughter Maryam and her spouse Safdar on corruption charges declared Avenfield apartments government property. The court ruled that Nawaz, Maryam and her husband Safdar own assets beyond known income.
Ever since the decision has been announced, dozens of people can be seen protesting and chanting slogans outside London’s one of the most known building complexes that houses the Sharif’s controversial luxury apartments.