Maryam Nawaz Sharif says goodbye to her kids ahead of her arrest

Maryam Nawaz Sharif says goodbye to her kids ahead of her arrest

Maryam Nawaz Sharif says goodbye to her kids ahead of her arrest

Sharif was ordered jailed in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies.

The former prime minister and his daughter were in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif flew home Friday to start a 10-year prison sentence on a day when a bombing at an election rally killed at least 70 people, heightening security concerns for the country's already fraught national elections.

According to local media Dunya, police and city administration blocked all roads going to the airport to prevent PML-N workers and leaders to reach the airport to welcome father-daughter duo.

"I'm aware of the fact that I'll be jailed, but it's a very small price to pay for the great mission to save the sanctity of the vote in Pakistan", Sharif told Reuters on board the plane minutes before touching down in the central city of Lahore. He was shifted to Adiala Jail by the NAB after he was presented in an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday. "I am giving this sacrifice for your future, so give me your full support and go with me with your hands in my hands".

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.

He was elected prime minister in 1990-93.

Nawaz and daughter Maryam left for Pakistan from London on late Thursday night.

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.

The armed forces, which have directly ruled Pakistan for nearly half of its existence, have repeatedly denied interfering in the election. It plans to place 371,000 soldiers around polling stations so there can a "free and fair" elections, an army spokesman said this week. The former premier wasdisqualified from the top job by the Supreme Court last July, his third ousting since the 1990s.

Further, the PML-N president said the verdict in the Avenfield reference was "unjust".

Since then, a host of his allies have been either disqualified by the courts, or face corruption cases.

Khan has also denied colluding with the military.

PML-N has also been shaken by internal divisions.

The kind of reception Sharif receives on the streets of Lahore will be viewed carefully in Pakistan, where political popularity is often measured by the size of rallies that politicians can attract.

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