Ahead Of Arrest, Photo Of Nawaz Sharif With Wife, Daughter In Hospital

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Supporters of the Pakistan-Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) who were arrested after holding a rally to obstruct the arrest of Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, are handcuffed and escorted by police after they were appeared before district court in Rawalpindi, Pakisan July 11, 2018.

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

Kalsoom Nawaz had been unconscious and in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest last month.

They landed at Abu Dhabi airport this afternoon for a stopover.

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If the flight carrying the PML-N leaders is not diverted to the federal capital, they will be taken to Islamabad via helicopter directly from the airport.

A larger number of impounded containers have been dispatched at more than 50 points in the city, including Thokar Niaz Baig, Multan Road, Ghari Shahu, Davis Road, Band Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Babu Sabu Interchange, Mazang Chungi, Model Town- Link Road, Bhatta Chowk, Cantt Entrance, Shahdara Chowk, Azaadi Flyover, Raiwand Road, Ring Road, Airport & Surrounding Areas, Yateem Khana Chowk and All Interchanges of main cities of Punjab on Motorway M2 towards Lahore, to block the roads. Some have even called it the "ugliest face of Pakistani establishment" as the administration in the country said it would arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam mid-air, as soon as their plane enters Pakistani territory.

Shehbaz Sharif, the president of PML-N and Mr Sharif's younger brother, will lead the homecoming rally of the Sharifs.

A police official who asked not to be identified said more than 100 PML-N workers had been detained. The Papers showed Sharif and his children (including Maryam) owned offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands. 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.

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"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".

The military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for nearly half its history and ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, denies involvement. He was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan a year ago following a corruption investigation and banned from politics for life but remains a powerful symbol for his ruling party.

Khan has also denied colluding with the military.

PML-N leaders say authorities have began a crackdown against union council leaders, the street-level party workers who bring out people on the streets.

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