Nawaz Sharif to reach Lahore on July 13 to face jail

Friday, 13 Jul, 2018

Sharif's daughter was also sentenced to jail for eight years.

A Pakistani anti-corruption court sentenced Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to 10 years of imprisonment on Friday in one of the three cases of corruption related to the Panama Papers scandal.

Sharif will reach Lahore, his home town and political stronghold, on July 13, his daughter Maryam said in a Twitter post. Her husband, Mohammad Safdar, was handed one year after being found guilty of abetment.

Sharif along with Maryam had gone to London last month to see his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

She said a consultation was under way over the decision and that their lawyers are looking at the matter from all legal angles.

The elusive politician, who did not appear before the court when he was convicted, went off the grid but surprisingly sent a defiant recorded audio message to the media that he would turn himself in as "honor demands it".

Awan, traveling with his entourage of supporters and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders, told the media: "I am surrendering myself in order to set a foundation for democracy", adding that his arrest would be a pivotal point for the nation to decide "how the country will be run".

Sources in the federal government said authorities are considering to arrange access of a NAB team to the airplane so that they could arrest Sharifs from within the plane.

NAB received the arrest warrants for Nawaz, Maryam and Captain (retd) Safdar on Saturday.

Three cases were filed against Sharif and his family in September past year following his disqualification by the Supreme Court on July 28, 2017 in the Panama Papers case.

Sharif had denounced the court proceedings against him as politically motivated and a judicial witch-hunt, often suggesting the military was to blame.

He said the NAB would not allow Sharif to lead a rally.