Defiant Maryam Nawaz tweets details of flight back to Lahore — and certain arrest

In this file photo, Pakistani former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, addresses a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of nuclear tests by Pakistan, with his daughter Maryam Nawaz in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, May 28, 2018. (K.M. CHAUDARY/AP)
Updated 09 July 2018

Defiant Maryam Nawaz tweets details of flight back to Lahore — and certain arrest

  • NAB officials, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the former premier and his daughter would be arrested at the airport
  • A small team of anti-corruption watchdog officials had taken position on the procession’s route grab the political convict

ISLAMABAD: The former ruling party’s female politician Maryam Nawaz, heir apparent, and daughter of ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif defiantly tweeted their flight details and date of arrival to Pakistan, knowingly that both will be arrested at the airport by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following Friday’s verdict on the high-end Avenfield properties.

Maryam wrote “God willingly,” the father and daughter will land on “13 July, Friday EY243 ABU DHABI - LAHORE ARRIVAL 6:15PM” hours after her convicted husband was apprehended in Pakistan by the anti-corruption watchdog. 
She has accused the military establishment and judiciary of targeting the Sharif family in a series of tweets since the verdict, Pakistan’s first historic corruption conviction of a top politician.
The former first family’s son-in-law, retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar Awan, who was sentenced to a year in jail for abetting beside Sharif and Nawaz was arrested by NAB authorities Sunday evening from a rally intended to display PML-N’s (Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz) power and showcase support of the masses in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. TV channels broadcast the spectacle Awan mustered so his arrest would be watched widely.    
Awan, traveling with his entourage of supporters and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders, told the media: “I am surrendering myself in order to set a foundation for democracy,” adding that his arrest would be a pivotal point for the nation to decide “how the country will be run.”
A small team of anti-corruption watchdog officials had taken position on the procession’s route grab the political convict but asked the Inspector General of Police in Islamabad for reinforcements, as the crowd around Awan swelled and their attempts to reach Awan failed.



Awan, traveling with his entourage of supporters and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders, told the media: “I am surrendering myself in order to set a foundation for democracy,” adding that his arrest would be a pivotal point for the nation to decide “how the country will be run.” (Photos by PML-N media wing)

NAB on Saturday had obtained warrants for Awan’s arrest but were unable to locate the man who is legally disqualified from standing in upcoming July 25 general election.
The elusive politician, who did not appear before the court when he was convicted, went off the grid but surprisingly sent a defiant recorded audio message to the media that he would turn himself in as “honor demands it.”
NAB officials, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the former premier and his daughter would be arrested at the airport. 
Sharif was sentenced to 10 years and Maryam seven years in jail, with hefty fines over the London properties, although neither the defendants or the prosecutors could establish their source of purchase.
“The Sharifs were condemned last year,” said Mushahidullah Khan referring to Nawaz Sharif’s ouster by court over perjury. “They will be arrested but consultation with our lawyers to take appropriate legal measures is under way.”
“Our response to actions taken against Sharifs and our party will come through the vote. The result will speak for itself and then after, we will decide what needs to be done.” 


France may be experiencing 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day – government advisor

Updated 48 min 49 sec ago

France may be experiencing 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day – government advisor

  • France registered a record 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours

PARIS: France may be experiencing 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day — two times more than the latest figures — Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, told RTL radio on Monday.
“There is probably more than 50,000 cases per day. We estimate, on the scientific committee, that we are more in the region of 100,000 cases per day,” said Delfraissy.
France registered a record 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday, as a second wave of cases surges through Europe.
The new cases took the French total to 1,138,507, with France now ahead of Argentina and Spain to register the world’s fifth highest number of cases after the United States, India, Brazil and Russia.