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.”


Pakistan frees Norwegian journalist detained last week

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Pakistan frees Norwegian journalist detained last week

GUJRAT, Pakistan: Pakistani police say a Norwegian journalist who was arrested last week during clashes between police and supporters of ex-premier Nawaz Sharif has been freed on bail.
Gujrat Officer Mohammad Ashraf said Tuesday that Kadafi Zaman, who is of Pakistani origin, was arrested Friday after officers assumed he was one of the protesters from Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League Party. He said Zaman was freed Monday.
Zaman’s release came after the International Press Institute, a Vienna, Austria, based global network of editors, media executives and journalists for media freedom, asked Pakistan to drop charges against him.
Zaman, who works for the Norwegian broadcasting company TV 2, was arrested while covering a rally organized to welcome Sharif on his return from London to face a 10-year prison sentence for corruption.