Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz taken to special plane after arrest at Lahore Airport

Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz taken to special plane after arrest at Lahore Airport

LAHORE - Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been shifted to special plane which would take them to Islamabad.

The flight carrying former premier Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz landed at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport around 8:45pm PST on Friday night and were taken into custody by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials.

According to media reports, dozens of security officials entered the plane after it landed and asked other passengers to leave. The duo's passports were seized by a three-member Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team, and both were permitted to meet Begum Shamim Akhtar, Nawaz's mother, in the Haj Lounge.

Following the meeting, the father and daughter were taken into custody.

The two are now expected to be flown to Islamabad International Airport (IIA), either by a small plane or by helicopter. Upon landing at IIA, Nawaz and Maryam will either be flown to Adiala Jail or driven to Attock Jail.

Nawaz and Maryam were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference last Friday and handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years respectively. The former was found guilty of owning assets beyond known income, while his daughter was convicted for aiding and abetting her father in covering up a "conspiracy".

After the verdict was announced, Nawaz and Maryam had said they would return to Pakistan and appeal against the decision. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Punjab governments had made arrangements to take the father-daughter duo into custody upon arrival.

Their flight home took off from Abu Dhabi around 5pm local time and landed in Pakistan at around 8:45pm PST.

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