Sharif loyalists arrested as former PM returns to appeal conviction

Sharif loyalists arrested as former PM returns to appeal conviction

"Placement of someone's name on the ECL means putting restrictions on his or her exit from the country". But I'm doing this for people of Pakistan, sacrificing for generations to come. "Let's build destiny of Pakistan together", he said. His daughter and likely political successor, Maryam, was given seven years.

Thousands of supporters are expected to congregate at the Lahore airport for the dramatic home-coming for Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister who wants to campaign for his party ahead of the July 25 general elections. Nawaz and Maryam will be flying from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Etihad Airways flight EY243.

Security has been tightened and over 10,000 police officers have been deployed at Lahore airport where Sharif's plane from London is scheduled to land. Both father-daughter duo will be returning to Pakistan on Friday.

Meanwhile in Pakistan, things don't look good for the beleaguered PML-N. The party's past five years in power has been punctuated by the civil-military discord that has plagued Pakistan since its inception.

Sharif had stepped down as prime minister in July after the apex court's ruling.

"That is why he is willing to lose 10 years of his life over this".

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The welcome announced by new party president and Nawaz's younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif did not go down well with the "powers that be" and "hundreds of party workers were reportedly taken into custody from Lahore and some other cities till Thursday night" under the MPO [Maintenance of Public Order] law. The military denied the accusations saying their assistance in carrying out the elections was requested by Pakistan's Election Commission.

Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz also tweeted about Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

"If he steps out of the house, he will be arrested", said the police.

Following the arrests in Lahore a day earlier, a large number of PML-N workers protested outside police stations and key party leaders - Saad Rafique, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Pervaiz Malik - held an emergency press conference at 3:30am.

Khan has painted Sharif as a "criminal" who has looted the state for decades, and welcomes his prison term as overdue accountability.

Before leaving for Pakistan from London, Maryam, said: "It is the most hard decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey". Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the apartments.

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