Putting our names on the exit control list just strengthens our resolve to return: Maryam

In this file photo, Maryam Nawaz, center, the daughter of Nawaz Sharif. (AP)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Putting our names on the exit control list just strengthens our resolve to return: Maryam

  • “No matter how much you try to cover things up, people know what the reality actually is,” Maryam said

ISLAMABAD: Maryam Nawaz said that the decision to add her name and that of her father, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to Pakistan’s exit control list has only made them more determined than ever to return to the country.
“Perhaps this is their last attempt to stop us returning to Pakistan,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said in London. “This has further strengthened our resolve to return to the country.”
Earlier in the day, the government announced that both father and daughter had been added to the exit control list at the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog. The move, which means they will not be allowed to leave the country after they return, came four days after the accountability court in Islamabad convicted the pair in the Avenfield properties corruption case, sentencing Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and his daughter to seven years.
Maryam Nawaz said that when such decisions are made in secret it is done to hide wrongdoing.
“No matter how much you try to cover things up, people know what the reality actually is,” she said. “We are past the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s; the more you try to cover up (the facts) the more you will be exposed.”
She and her father are in London where her mother, who is suffering from throat cancer, has been on a ventilator since June 14 after suffering a heart attack. After their conviction was announced, they said that they planned to Pakistan on July 13 and surrender to the NAB.
“Only PML-N is being targeted (by NAB and courts) which amounts to pre-poll rigging,” Nawaz Sharif said earlier in the day, referring the general elections in Pakistan on July 25. “Have we not learned anything from the dismemberment of Pakistan?
“We are returning to free Pakistan from the shackles being imposed on Pakistan by those (the military establishment) adamantly trying to force their own opinion on the ordinary citizens of the country.”


Argument at Chicago hospital erupts into deadly shooting

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Argument at Chicago hospital erupts into deadly shooting

  • The attacker, Juan Lopez, also died Monday but it was not clear if he took his own life or was killed by police

CHICAGO: An argument outside a Chicago hospital turned deadly when a man pulled out a gun and killed an emergency room doctor whom he knew, then ran into the hospital and fatally shot a pharmacy resident and a police officer, authorities said.
The attacker, Juan Lopez, also died Monday but it was not clear if he took his own life or was killed by police at Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
Chicago “lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, fighting back tears. “This just tears at the soul of our city. It is the face and a consequence of evil.”
Mercy Hospital said the staff who died were Tamara O’Neal, 38, an emergency room physician who never worked on Sunday because of her religious faith, and Dayna Less, 25, a first year pharmacy resident who had recently graduated from Purdue University.
The slain officer was identified as Samuel Jimenez, 28, who joined the department in February 2017 and had recently completed his probationary period, Johnson said. Police said he was married and the father of three children.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi described the shooting as a “domestic-related active shooter incident,” but provided no details about the relationship between the two.
Lopez, 32, and O’Neal had been arguing in the hospital parking lot. When a friend of O’Neal tried to intervene, “the offender lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun,” Johnson said.
The friend ran into the hospital to call for help, and the gunfire began seconds later. After O’Neal fell to the ground, Lopez “stood over her and shot her three more times,” a witness named James Gray told reporters.
When officers arrived, the suspect fired at their squad car then ran inside the hospital. The police gave chase.
Inside the medical center, Lopez exchanged fire with officers and “shot a poor woman who just came off the elevator” before he was killed, Johnson said, referring to pharmaceutical assistant Less.
“We just don’t know how much damage he was prepared to do,” Johnson said, adding that Less “had nothing to do with nothing.”
Jennifer Eldridge was working in a hospital pharmacy when she heard three or four shots that seemed to come from outside. Within seconds, she barricaded the door, as called for in the building’s active shooter drills. Then there were six or seven more shots that sounded much closer, just outside the door.
“I could tell he was now inside the lobby. There was screaming,” she recalled.
The door jiggled, which Eldridge believed was the shooter trying to get in. Some 15 minutes later, she estimated, a SWAT team officer knocked at the door, came inside and led her away. She looked down and saw blood on the floor but no bodies.
“It may have been 15 minutes, but it seemed like an eternity,” she said.
Maria Correa hid under a desk, clutching her 4-month-old son, Angel, while the violence unfolded. Correa was in the waiting area of the hospital for her mother-in-law’s doctor appointment when a hospital employee told them to lock themselves in offices.
She lost track of how many shots she heard while under the desk “trying to protect her son” for 10 to 15 minutes.
“They were the worst minutes of our lives,” Correa said.
The death of Jimenez comes nine months after another member of the Chicago Police Department, Cmdr. Paul Bauer, was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district.
Mercy has a rich history as the city’s first chartered hospital. It began in 1852, when the Sisters of Mercy religious group converted a rooming house. During the Civil War, the hospital treated both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war, according to its website.