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Pak Police Take Nawaz Sharif, Maryam into Custody

Pak Police Take Nawaz Sharif, Maryam into Custody

The Accountability Court, according to Geo News, has issued imprisonment warrants for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam.

The court imposed an 8-million pound penalty on Nawaz Sharif and a 2-million pound fine on Maryam Nawaz.

The Islamic State militant group, which has conducted numerous attacks against political targets and religious minorities in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Mr Sharif's party has just completed a five-year term and is the main contender to form the next government.

Raisani was running for the election on the newly launched Baluchistan Awami Party ticket.

In a video message on Friday reportedly from aboard his aircraft en route to Pakistan, Sharif said he was returning knowing he would be taken directly to prison.

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 buy a set of upscale London apartments.

Mr Sharif and his daughter's return a week after being convicted by an anti-corruption court in their absence is widely seen as an electoral gamble to try to reinvigorate the PML-N's fortunes.

Their swift departure prevented PML-N workers staging a hero's welcome on the streets of Lahore, where Sharif's brother, Shehbaz, led between 10,000 and 20,000 party supporters on a march in defiance of a citywide ban on public gatherings.

Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a hotly contested general election, according to police documents.

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From air-conditioners, television, the prisoners can have them at their own expense.

The family members, including the Sharif's mother Shamim Akhtar, 85, Maryam's daughter Meharun Nisa and Shahbaz's son Hamza were earlier flown to Islamabad from Lahore on a special plane for the meeting, which took place in the jail superintendent's room and continued for more than one hour.

The party's past five years in government have been characterised by discord with the military, which has ruled Pakistan for almost half its 71-year history.

During his term in office, Sharif criticized the military's involvement in civilian affairs and its efforts in fighting extremists.

He has accused a covert military-judiciary alliance of trying to keep him out of politics and of undermining the integrity of his PML-N party. The military has denied the accusation.

In a statement released through his spokesperson, Pakistan's army chief of staff, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, said Friday that he was "grieved on loss of precious lives".

Underscoring the security threat, a bomb exploded Friday in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan. He was elected to the parliament in the 2013 elections where his party garnered the second-most number of votes in the country.

He hoped that the PTI, under the leadership of Imran Khan, would form a new corruption-free Pakistan, based on equality, justice and merit.

Adding to the tension surrounding the upcoming poll, a suicide bomber hit an election rally of a regional party in southwestern Pakistan, killing 85 people.