LAHORE: The flight carrying former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam from Abu Dhabi has entered Pakistan s airspace .
The flight, EY-243, was scheduled to arrive in Lahore at 6:15pm but was delayed by more than two hours . The father-daughter duo are due in Lahore at approximately 9pm, according to latest flight details.
View status of Nawaz Sharif’s flight below:
Sharif was sentenced in absentia last week to 10 years in prison by a corruption court over the purchase of high-end properties in London, dealing a serious blow to his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party’s bid weeks ahead of the July 25 polls.
He has claimed he is being targeted by the military.
“I know that… I will be directly taken to jail,” he said in a video released by his party Friday.
“I want to tell Pakistanis I have been doing this for you… Walk with me, join hands with me and change the destination of the country.”
On Thursday his brother Shahbaz Sharif, who now heads the PML-N, said that hundreds of their workers and supporters had been arrested ahead of Nawaz’s expected return in what he said was “naked” pre-poll rigging against their party.