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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Former US President George HW Bush’s ex-doctor shot dead in Houston
HOUSTON — A medical doctor who once treated former US president George HW Bush was shot dead while riding a bicycle in the city’s medical centre, authorities say.
Houston Methodist Hospital identified the doctor as Mark Hausknecht, 65, a cardiologist who was a member of the Houston Methodist staff and the DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
Hausknecht was shot by another man on a bike around 9 am Friday (local time) near Texas Children’s Hospital. He specialized in cardiovascular disease and had been in practice for almost four decades.
The suspect then rode off, according to police, who have yet to give a motive for the daylight shooting in the busy city area.
“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” Mr Bush, 94, said in a statement, adding, “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”
Dr Hausknecht had worked in Houston for about three decades and often cycled to work, local media reported.
He once treated the former president for an irregular heartbeat.
The doctor’s widow, emergency physician Georgia Hsieh, called his killing senseless, according to a statement published by the Houston Chronicle.