Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif arrested after flying home to face jail

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif arrested after flying home to face jail

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif arrested after flying home to face jail

Maryam Nawaz tweeted a video message from her father after they stopped in Abu Dhabi before they travel on to Lahore.

Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court previous year in the Panama Papers case, is now the supremo of the PML-N. Two National Accountability Bureau teams have been assigned to arrest them when they arrive at the airport and they will be taken by helicopter to Islamabad, according to an official at the agency.

Authorities have mobilised more than 10,000 police officers ahead of their arrival and plan to block roads with shipping containers to shut down the city of Lahore.

Adding to the tension surrounding the upcoming poll, a suicide bomber hit an election rally of a regional party in southwestern Pakistan, killing 85 people.

Earlier, it was reported that the Cabinet Division had allocated two helicopters to the NAB. Local Geo TV said Sharif and his daughter were taken to another waiting aircraft to be flown out of Lahore, where more than 10,000 Sharif supporters were gathered to greet him. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years (in prison) and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz arrived in London prior to Eid-ul-Fitr and are now there due to Kulsoom Nawaz's prolonged illness.

Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, appears with his daughter Maryam, at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain July 11, 2018.

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On Friday, some of Sharif's supporters clashed with police in Lahore.

Shahbaz Sharif is expected to lead a rally to Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive Nawaz Sharif and his daughter.

PML-N leaders claimed that around 300 workers were arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday, while several hundred others had been picked up from Lahore and other cities.

The younger Sharif has called upon Mr. Askari for the immediate release of the detained workers.

Addressing a press conference in London with Maryam by his side, Sharif had said he has chose to return to the country "despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes". His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne.

Speaking on the bad state of Pakistan's economy, he said our economy is on the verge of decline, the stock exchange is going down, our reserves can support only one month's import now, our investors went back to London and Dubai wondering what would happen on 25 July in Pakistan.

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