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Former Pakistan premier Sharif surrenders to authorities

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 8, 2019
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surrendered Tuesday to authorities in northeastern Lahore following the expiration of a bail term in a corruption case, local media reported.
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The three-time premier, along with his daughter and political heir, Maryam Nawaz, led a rally from his residence to the Kot Lakhpat jail, ignoring warnings from the government that refused to allow the political show.

A team of jail officials reached the former leader’s sprawling farmhouse located in the city's northern outskirts to escort him to jail, but a defiant Sharif refused to leave.

Live footage aired on Geo News showed Sharif sitting in a bullet-proof vehicle with supporters raising slogans and showering rose petals on his vehicle.

Carrying banners, posters and party flags, thousands of Sharif's right-wing Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) backers gathered in his power base of Lahore.

"I thank you all for your spirit and love. This dark night of suppression will end soon," Sharif said in a televised message before his surrender.

Sharif, who was sentenced to 17 years in two corruption cases, was granted a six-week bail by the country’s top court in March after a medical board suggested he shift to a hospital for cardiac treatment.

The Supreme Court last week turned down a plea seeking an extension in his bail and ordered him to surrender to authorities.

Sharif's daughter, and son-in-law, Mohammad Safdar, were also sentenced to seven years and one year, respectively, in a corruption case. The two are also out on bail.