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Nawaz Sharif's flight lands in Lahore; arrested from airport

Imran Khan

"Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups", Maryam had tweeted with a picture of her children.

They have been been convicted in the Avenfield corruption case.

Earlier in the day Nawaz and Maryam boarded an Etihad flight from London which had a layover at Abu Dhabi Airport. Deputy Inspector General Operations Shahzad Akbar said 10,000 police officers will be deployed across Lahore on Friday to "maintain law and order". I am doing this sacrifice for my people of Pakistan. Sharif's son-in-law is now serving his one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain that the court said were bought with illegally gotten money.

Sharif's return from London, where his wife Kulsoom is critically ill and undergoing cancer treatment, comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which a year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.

Both Nawaz and Maryam will be shifted to Sahala Resthouse.

Sharif is returning from Britain one week after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10 year jail term over the purchase of luxury London flats and sentenced his daughter to seven years in prison. The same helicopter that Sharif used as the prime minister of Pakistan will be used to transport him to the jail, they added.

"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.

A police official who asked not to be identified said more than 100 PML-N workers had been detained.

The letter, according to sources, read that a rally will be held in Lahore upon the former premier's arrival that is likely to create challenges in arresting the father-daughter duo, who are now in London to tend to Sharif's ailing wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

Recent opinion polls suggest PML-N is losing its lead nationally to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of arch-rival Khan, whose anti-corruption message has resonated with many Pakistanis.

After boarding the flight Friday, Sharif posted a video on social media urging supporters to show up in droves for the July 25 election, and thereby resist what he has called a conspiracy to oust his ruling party from power.