Nawaz Sharif, Maryam may be held mid-air; Lahore shuts phone networks

Imran Khan addresses a public meeting in Bisham on Tuesday. — Dawn

Imran Khan addresses a public meeting in Bisham on Tuesday. — Dawn

Thousands of supporters are expected to congregate at the Lahore airport for the dramatic home-coming for Nawaz Sharif, a three-time prime minister who wants to campaign for his party ahead of the July 25 general elections.

The Sharifs are set to land in Lahore airport Friday at 6:15 pm and they will be arrested thereupon.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) opponents have claimed that former ruling party will fail to attract a sizable crowd for Nawaz's reception on Friday (today) as it is playing on a weak ground.

Security has been tightened and over 10,000 police officers have been deployed at Lahore airport where Sharif's plane from London is scheduled to land.

Ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif (UNSEEN), appears with his daughter Maryam, at a news conference at a hotel in London, Britain July 11, 2018.

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered the release of PML-N workers illegally detained by law enforcement agencies by 2pm today.

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"Nawaz really believes this is about democracy and his legacy", Musadik Malik, Sharif ally and former PML-N cabinet minister, told Reuters.

Elahi said Nawaz has not learnt any lesson from his past mistakes, even after becoming the prime minister for the third time he has rendered no service to the people, pursued policies contrary to the interests of the country and the nation.

A police official who asked not to be identified said more than 100 PML-N workers had been detained.

Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and fined eight million pounds in the Avenfield Reference case by an accountability court, which awarded seven years jail to Maryam besides a fine of two million pounds. "If they will be sent to jail, then I will also go with them", Sharif's mother said.

Recent opinion polls suggest PML-N has lost its lead nationally to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of arch-rival Khan, whose anti-corruption message has resonated with many Pakistanis.

"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". It plans to place 371,000 soldiers around polling stations so there can a "free and fair" elections, it added.

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. They have announced that they will address a rally in Lahore, after which they will surrender.

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