Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam to be arrested, taken to Lahore on Friday

Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam to be arrested, taken to Lahore on Friday

Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam to be arrested, taken to Lahore on Friday

"I am leaving behind my ailing wife to come back for the sake of the country", said Nawaz, adding that Kulsoom had briefly opened her eyes but "she did not recognize me".

"Despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes, I am going to Pakistan", Sharif told Pakistani journalists this week in London, where he vowed to re-assert "civilian supremacy".

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

Sharif was ordered jailed after failing to explain how the family acquired the London flats in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies.

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. [She is] still not conscious and on ventilator.

They said that the authorities would not allow any procession to go to the airport.

Meanwhile in Pakistan, things don't look good for the beleaguered PML-N.

Muhammad Mehdi, the party's media coordinator, told Reuters that almost 500 workers had been detained in a "massive crackdown", including raids on the homes of a number of some of the party's local councillors.

It is expected that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will be arrested upon their arrival.

Nawaz and Maryam, convicted by an anti-graft court in Islamabad on July 6, were sentenced to 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Avenfield reference.

All arrangements have been made to arrest the three-time Prime Minister and his daughter by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team.

The caretakers want to suspend the mobile phone service in five areas that include Lahore airport, walled city area, Shahdara, Nawab Town and Burki Hadyara.

Shehbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of the PML-N were visibly angry over the police crackdown on their party workers during a press conference held in Lahore on Thursday afternoon. The chief minister's plane is being kept at the Lahore airport.

Dozens of PML-N activists were arrested earlier this week and appeared in court on Wednesday, accused of plotting unrest to coincide with Sharif's return. "The Election Commission of Pakistan must act and order release of our detained workers". "We will not accept the results of the July 25 polls if pre-poll rigging is not stopped", said Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif.

Once again, appealing that the "injustice" and arrests of workers be stopped, Shehbaz urged the caretaker government setup, "Please pause, reflect and change the course".

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