LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday requested for a helicopter from the anti-graft body’s chairman to transport convicted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz upon their arrival in the country on Friday.
The request was made by NAB Director General Saleem Shahzad to transport the convicted from the Allama Iqbal International Airport to Islamabad International Airport, in case of a risky situation that could take place because of the agitation by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters.
It was further reported that two teams; one at Lahore airport and the other at Islamabad airport, will be deployed to arrest Nawaz and Maryam arrest.
Moreover, the entry and exit points of Lahore will be sealed as strict security measures have been taken by the law enforcement agencies. Security has been deployed at 14 sensitive points of the city.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif will lead the procession from Lohari Gate after Friday prayers. The rally will head towards the airport via The Mall.
“Tens of thousands of people will gather in Lahore to welcome Mian Sahib and Maryam Bibi. It will be a peaceful rally,” said PML-N spokeswoman Marriyam Aurangzeb.
The former information minister said Nawaz had pledged not to leave the people alone.
According to law experts, she said, the verdict against him would be “written in black words”. She said the PML-N never targeted the institutions and Nawaz and Maryam were returning to face the court verdict.
“We are against the mindset that does not care about the constitution and gives no respect to the vote,” Ms Aurengzeb said. She also condemned the decision to suspend the local body representatives.