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Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam arrested at Lahore Airport

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LAHORE — Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested Friday night on their return to the country after they were convicted in a corruption case, less than two weeks before the country goes to polls.

The Etihad Airways plane carrying Sharif and Maryam landed at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal Airport at 9:15 IST, nearly three hours late from the scheduled arrival. The Etihad Airways flight EY243 arrived here from Abu Dhabi.

Earlier they flew to the UAE capital from London, where Sharif’s ailing wife Kulsoom is battling for her life.

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The three-time prime minister and his daughter were later handcuffed and flown to Islamabad in a smaller aircraft. More than 10,000 security personnel have been deployed in Lahore, prohibitory orders imposed and mobile phone services blocked to check against any trouble.

Sharif’s party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N, had planned a huge show of strength near the city’s Allama Iqbal Airport airport for Sharif’s homecoming but weren’t allowed to reach anywhere close.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

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Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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