Convicted Sharifs return to face jail term

Convicted Sharifs return to face jail term

"Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups", she tweeted.

Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court a year ago in the Panama Papers case, is now the supremo of the PML-N.

"What credibility will these elections have when the government is taking such a drastic action against our people and this crackdown is taking place all over the country?" he told Reuters at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore. They would be kept at Adiala jail for 1 day and then would be transferred to Attock Fort. "I am sacrificing for the future generations of Pakistan".

Sharif, who was in London with his wife and children when the verdict was announced, said he is returning to Pakistan from London to fulfil his pledge to "honour the vote".

Nawaz Sharif was also fined eight million and Maryam Nawaz two million pounds.

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.

"Over 100 police commandos will be deployed at the airport on Friday to avert any untoward incident", senior Lahore police officer Sardar Asif said.

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In a video message in support of her son and granddaughter ahead of their expected return, Nawaz's mother Shamim Begum said that "the leader who made Pakistan prosperous is returning to the homeland".

To prevent PML-N workers staging a hero's welcome on the streets, authorities said they will arrest the father and daughter upon landing and transport them to the capital Islamabad by helicopter, local media reported.

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

Sharif has also said the military's intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, is intimidating his party's candidates to switch loyalties, or to run as independents, ahead of the July 25 poll.

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".

The anti-graft body - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) - chairman Javed Iqbal has ordered taking all necessary measures to arrest Sharif and Maryam upon their arrival at the airport. His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne.