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If he's jailed, will accompany him: Nawaz Sharif's mother

13 July, 2018, 11:40 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Sharif loyalists arrested as former PM returns to appeal conviction

Attendees chanted "Nawaz Sharif, We Love You!" as he concluded his speech. Such opportunity won't come again.

At the time of reporting the news, Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz have reached Abu Dhabi on their way back Pakistan to face the jail sentence awarded by an accountability court in the Avenfield reference.

Sharif is accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz who is also convicted and sentenced to seven years of prison.

PML-N members have said the crackdown on workers who handle street level organizing will make it harder for them to stage rallies and protests on Sharif's return, when he will challenge the verdict and sentence against him.

In case of inclement weather in Lahore, his flight could be diverted to Islamabad.

This dramatic return of the former PM comes ahead of Pakistan's general elections which will pit PML-N against its main political rival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by Imran Khan.

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Sharif alleges the military is aiding a "judicial witchhunt" against him and his PML-N party.

A PML-N official told Reuters that police began monitoring his house and the residences of a number of other party activists on Wednesday night. The former prime minister and his daughter were in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Turns out, Maryam will be the first convicted woman prisoner to be taken into custody by Pakistan's anti-corruption body, the Islamabad-based National Accountability Bureau (NAB), reported The News International.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday claimed he was surrendering for the future of Pakistan. Special contingents of commandos and police officials have been deployed at the airport.

More than 300 PML-N's workers have reportedly been rounded up from different parts of Lahore. A second stint in power was ended by a military coup in 1999, prompting a period in jail for Sharif and years in exile in London.

"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". His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne. They are expected to arrive in Lahore at 6.15 pm (6.45 pm in Indian local time) on Friday, according to Dawn.

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