Former PM Nawaz Sharif arrested on return to Pakistan

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Friday and was arrested by the country’s anti-graft agency following a conviction on corruption charges.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were taken into custody at the airport in the eastern city of Lahore immediately after the aircraft carrying them from Abu Dhabi landed, just before 9 p.m. (1600 UTC), according to anti-graft body spokesman Nawazish Khan.

The former Pakistani prime minister faces a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges, anti-corruption officials said.

An unexpected return

Political pundits had written Sharif off. Not many experts had expected him to return to Pakistan from the UK to face prison. But he landed in Lahore on Friday, in what rights groups and liberal analysts say is an all-out confrontation with the South Asian country’s powerful army generals.

Last week, an accountability court sentenced Sharif to 10 and his daughter Maryam Nawaz to seven years in jail for Panama Papers-linked corruption charges. Sharif says the cases

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