Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were convicted in Avenfield reference last Friday by the accountability court. Flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.
Over 10,000 police officers have been posted in Lahore for what is expected to be a dramatic homecoming for the three-time prime minister who wants to mobilise his party ahead of general elections on July 25. "I am sacrificing for the future generations of Pakistan".
Sharif returned from Britain after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his daughter and political heir to seven years in prison for failing to prove that money used to buy luxury flats in London in the 1990s was not ill-gotten.
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"The country is at a critical juncture right now", a grim-looking Sharif said.
He further said it is very painful for him to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending G20 summit and all we can do is watch.
Clashes broke out Friday evening at the main highway entry point to Lahore between pro-Sharif protesters and police who had been deployed in their thousands, a Reuters witness said.
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"Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials", the PML-N president asserted, as he warned the officials concerned of "fair judgement" if the PML-N is voted to power again.
Security has been tightened and all roads leading to Punjab's capital city have been blocked to prevent PML (N) supporters to reach there. "The Election Commission of Pakistan must act and order release of our detained workers".
Sharif's return comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which one year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.
PML-N leaders say authorities have began a crackdown against union council leaders, the street-level party workers who bring out people on the streets.
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According to Geo News, the Cabinet Division allocated two helicopters to the NAB for Friday, the day on which the father-daughter duo is slated to be arrested upon their landing at the Lahore Airport.