Islamabad, Pakistan – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam have been taken into custody on arrival in the eastern city of Lahore, according to local media.
The Sharifs arrived in Pakistan’s second city from the UK on Friday evening, submitting themselves for arrest after they were convicted by an anti-corruption court last week, Geo TV and Dawn newspaper reported.
The arrest will be a blow to Sharif’s PML-N party, which is contesting a July 25 general election as the incumbent party, but alleges that it has been the victim of “political engineering” by its opponents during the campaign.
In a landmark verdict, the Sharifs were convicted by an anti-corruption court for not being able to prove a legitimate source for funds used to purchase a set of upscale London apartments.
Sharif, a three