NAB may use copter to shift Nawaz, Maryam to Islamabad

Waheed Dogar
Islamabad
The interior ministry decided to provide helicopter to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to bring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz to Islamabad after their arrest at the Allama Iqbal International airport, Lahore.
The meeting also deliberated on various options vis-à-vis the post-return situation and measures to control it.
According to the sources, the meeting was headed by the interior secretary on the matter of return of convicts in Avenfield property reference to Pakistan.
Deputy chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Inspector General (IG) Punjab police, Chief Secretary Punjab and Chief Commissioner Islamabad, others also participated in the meeting, the sources added.
According the sources, the interior ministry decided to transfer the convicted Sharifs to Islamabad by helicopter after arresting them from Lahore.
Various other proposals also came under discussion pertaining to security during and after the arrival and arrest of Nawaz and Maryam.
Moreover, sources told that the meeting also reviewed the imposition of section 144 in Lahore, besides considering the matter of calling in Rangers in case of any untoward incident.
Earlier, yesterday, the interior ministry has placed the names of Nawaz and Maryam on ECL following the instructions of the NAB.
As per sources, NAB had written letters to the interior ministry to put the names of ousted premier Nawaz and his daughter Maryam on ECL, however, no action was taken in this regard by the ministry.
This inaction on the part of the interior ministry led Nawaz and Maryam’s trip abroad, sources added.

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