Exactly a week after their conviction by an accountability court in a corruption case, former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam arrived at their political bastion of Lahore on Friday evening, only to be arrested outside their aircraft and flown to Islamabad to their respective places of confinement.
Ahead of their departure from London, Maryam shared some emotional farewell pictures on her Twitter handle. One of the pictures, of the former prime minister and Maryam meeting Kulsoom Nawaz in the hospital, went viral.
Actors Mawra Hocane and Hamza Ali Abbasi took to Twitter to call out the Sharif family for their attempt to gain sympathy votes.
“One needs to be utterly shameless to use his old mother and ailing wife for politics and concealing his crimes with the intention of gaining the sympathy of the masses,” Abbasi had written.
سیاست چمکانے اور اپنے جرائم کو چھپانے کی نیت سے عوام کی ہمدردیاں حاصل کرنے کے لیے اپنی بوڑھی ماں اور بیمار بیوی کو بار بار استعمال کرنے کے لیے بھی تاریخی بے شرمی چاہیے ہوتی ہے. pic.twitter.com/JoyI5OtL1R— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) July 12, 2018
Hocane, on the other hand, written, “The campaigns they are running to get sympathy are quite ridiculous. There’s no need to create a circus out of a legal decision.”
The campaigns they are running to get sympathy are quiet ridiculous. There’s no need to create a circus out of a legal decision ??♀️— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) July 13, 2018
And then wrote, “But oh well…”
But oh well...— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) July 13, 2018
Her sister, Urwa Hocane, didn’t criticise the Sharifs for the pictures, but lauded top court’s decision.
So so proud of our judicial system ! Criminals have been arrested. I haven’t seen a better news in a while ! Pakistan Zindabad ??— URWA HOCANE (@VJURWA) July 13, 2018
“So so proud of our judicial system! Criminals have been arrested. I haven’t seen a better news in a while! Pakistan Zindabad,” wrote the Rangreza starlet.
The Sharifs, who were awarded rigorous imprisonment in Avenfield apartments case on July 6 while they were in London to see Nawaz Sharif’s ailing wife, landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at around 8:50 pm yesterday.