Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam sit on a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Drazen Gorgic
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Pakistan ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested on Friday (13) shortly after they landed in the country and they have been provided ‘B’ class facilities in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, reports said.

The duo has been provided ‘B’ class facilities on the “basis of their social status and not on the grounds of offence under which they were convicted,” reported The News International.

‘B’ class facilities are reportedly given to prisoners who “have been accustomed to a superior mode of living” either by “social status, education or habit of life.”

Nawaz and his daughter returned to Pakistan in a bid to galvanise their party, the PML-N, ahead of the July 25 election. Their return comes just as reports surfaced that Pakistan’s army is working behind the scenes to ensure cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan wins the election.

However, the military has denied interfering in modern-day politics.

Nawaz was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison by an anti-corruption court over the purchase of high-end properties in London. His daughter has been awarded a seven year sentence.

Sharif and his daughter were in London when they were sentenced. Sharif’s wife Kulsoom is undergoing cancer treatment in London and her condition is said to be critical.

Before his arrest, Nawaz told the media he was ready to return despite his arrest so as to mobilise his party men.

“I know that I will be directly taken to jail,” he said in a video taken on Friday. “I want to tell Pakistanis I have been doing this for you… Walk with me, join hands with me and change the destination of the country,” Nawaz said.