JUL 9, 2018: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam, will land at Lahore airport on the evening of Friday the 13th.
The convicted father-daughter duo is set to return to the country exactly a week after being convicted by an accountability court in Islamabad in the Avenfield properties reference.
The court had on Friday sentenced the former PM to 10 years, Maryam to seven and his son-in-law Safdar to one year in jail in the corruption case, including fines.
Maryam said a large number of people wish to accompany them on the flight, however, she could not provide the exact number at the moment.
PML-N information secretary Mushahidullah Khan had earlier told Dawn the party would soon give a call to its workers to reach the airport to accord a historic welcome to their supreme leader.
According to a tweet by senior journalist Shaheen Sehbai, NAB has made strategy to whisk away by helicopter the two sentenced to prison or safe house upon their landing at the airport.
Talking to reporters in London on Saturday, Maryam said they would return before the expiry of the 10-day time limit for filing an appeal in the Islamabad High Court against the court verdict.
On Sunday authorities arrested Mohammad Safdar, the son-in-law of ousted PM Sharif and spouse of Maryam.
Safdar went into hiding after an anti-graft court convicted him last Friday and dramatically appeared with hundreds of supporters, marching down the Rawalpindi city’s streets Sunday for hours with the crowd growing.
The anti-corruption watchdog National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said in a statement that Muhammad Safdar handed himself in.
“After continued raids of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) at his houses in Abbottabad, Mansehra and Haripur, Safdar decided to surrender before NAB,” NAB said.
NAB also requested media not to air convicted Safdar’s live speeches, saying they are against the law and the code of conduct of the country’s media regulator.