Hundreds of former Pakistan ruling party members detained, they say

The ex Punjab CM says Imran Khan is in habit of telling lies day and night

Earlier Maryam tweeted that her mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had opened her eyes for a few seconds on Thursday for the first time in weeks, she also requested her followers to pray for her mother's well-being.

Sharif was ordered jailed in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies. Flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

From Lahore, they are expected to be taken to Islamabad by helicopter and moved to Adiala jail. Around 10,000 police officers have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order. "But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you".

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Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who were on their way to Lahore airport to receive Nawaz Sharif, were detained by the Pakistan Police.

Sharif returned from Britain after an anti-corruption court handed him a 10-year jail term and sentenced his daughter and political heir to seven years in prison over the purchase of luxury flats in London in the 1990s.

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.

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Sharif's PML-N expects a groundswell of support as he returns from London, where his wife Kulsoom is critically ill and undergoing cancer treatment. Police have virtually put Lahore on lockdown as scores of Sharif's supporters clashed with police in the evening.

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 arrested by the NAB after he appeared at a PML-N rally in Rawalpindi.

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. His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne.

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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.

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