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Out of exile, but Sharif is deported again

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Out of exile, but Sharif is deported again


Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been arrested and deported, just hours after flying home from exile. Pakistan government sources said he was put on a plane for Saudi Arabia some four hours after arriving back in Islamabad. It was 90 minutes after landing before Sharif agreed to leave his plane; he was then taken into custody, before being expelled. Saudi Arabia says it will accept him.

Sharif was driven from power by current President Pervez Musharraf in a military coup in 1999. He was exiled to London a year later, avoiding corruption and hijacking charges. His return was seen as a direct challenge to the president. Hundreds of his supporters clashed with police, who had thrown a tight security cordon around the airport. Pakistan’s supreme court had earlier ruled that Sharif had the right to return and that the government should not try to stop him.

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