Former Pakistan PM sentenced on charges relating to United Kingdom property

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Islamabad-based accountability court's judge Muhammad Bashir, who gave 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to 68-year-old Sharif in the Avenfield apartment case last week, was hearing the Al Azizia steel mills corruption case against him.

Sharif and his daughter are now in London, where the former prime minister's wife is undergoing cancer treatment.

NAB teams are expected to arrest both father and daughter as soon as they land. The UK Government has consistently said it aims to crackdown on the laundering of corrupt funds through the UK, although recent media reports suggest that the authorities failed to properly assist Pakistani counterparts during this investigation.

However, Judge Mohammad Bashir said that the last deadline (10 July) to resolve the cases is near. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has also announced that it will arrest the father and the daughter on their arrival in Lahore on Friday.

He had also been sentenced by the accountability court to one year in prison on charges of abetment in the Avenfield case. "He is proved guilty, convicted and corrupt person who is posing himself as a pious person, which is contrary to his claim as he has proven assets beyond known sources of income which come under the purview of corruption under NAB Ordinance 1999", said an official handout issued by the bureau.

Meanwhile, the NAB has made a decision to request the caretaker government to provide a helicopter to it so that it can shift Sharif and Maryam to Islamabad after their arrival at the Lahore airport on July 14.

"Workers from all across the country will reach the airport to welcome their leader", said Mushahidullah Khan, a senator with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party.

The caretaker Punjab government has chose to impose Section 144 in the areas adjoining the Lahore airport to avoid any untoward incident during the arrival and likely arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

"Our workers can not be stopped by any hurdle", she said.