NAB to shift Nawaz, Maryam to Pindi by chopper

Zafar Malik
ISLAMABAD
Amid reports of NAB securing a chopper for the duo, Nawaz on Wednesday said that he was ready for prison or gallows, since it was only for his people and his earlier touted slogan of ‘Respect the vote’.
The interior ministry officially approved to provide a chopper to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore to bring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam to Rawalpindi from Lahore, sources said.
According to the sources, the approval was made at a high level meeting headed by interior ministry secretary in Islamabad.
The meeting decided to shift Nawaz and Maryam directly to Adiala jail, Rawalpindi, after their arrival at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore on Friday July 13, sources added.
The immigration officials will arrest Nawaz and Maryam at the airport and will hand them over to the NAB officials.
The meeting was attended by chief secretary Punjab, Inspector general (IG) of police, deputy chairman NAB, NAB Lahore DG, DG FIA and Commissioner Islamabad.
The meeting also gave approval of a helicopter that will be used for the purpose.
However, after making analysis the security situation in Islamabad, the local administration will decided when to present Nawaz and Maryam before the accountability court. If the situation is out of control then their judicial remand will be taken from the accountability court in Adiala jail, Rawalpindi, the sources added.

Plea seeking red warrants for Hassan, Hussain dismissed

The interior minister on Wednesday dismissed the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea to issue red warrants against deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain.
The interior minister has also decided not to approach Interpol until all documents and evidence are in order. Both Hassan and Hussain were declared proclaimed offenders in the Avenfield reference case as they failed to appear for any of the hearings despite repeated summons from the bureau and court.
In light of the Avenfield reference verdict by the accountability court in Islamabad, the country’s anti-graft body approached the interior ministry to request for Interpol’s help in expediting Hassan and Hussain. However, the ministry rejected the request, claiming that it is incomplete.
On July 6, the court sentenced Nawaz to ten years imprisonment, handing seven to daughter Maryam Sharif and one year to son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar.
The accused were also disqualified to contest election or to hold public office for a period of 10 years to be reckoned from the date they are released after serving the sentence and they shall not be allowed to apply for or to be granted or allowed any financial facilities in the form of a loan for a period of 10 years from the date of their conviction within the meaning of section 15 of NAO 1999.

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