Pakistan police arrest Sharif's supporters to 'avoid violence'

Will not tolerate interference of any institution in general elections, says Nawaz Sharif

At present, the former prime minister and his daughter are in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer.

His remarks came days before the general elections in Pakistan and days after an anti-corruption court in Pakistan held Nawaz Sharif guild in the Avenfield corruption case and sentenced him 10 years in jail.

Maryam Nawaz, 44, seen as the political heir of Sharif, said that going back to Pakistan "to go to prison was the most hard decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey".

As many as 22 officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and 100 Elite Commandos will be deputed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport.

The meeting will review the overall situation pertaining to the return of former prime minister.

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Nawaz and Maryam will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail for imprisonment.

"He is convicted, so he has to be arrested first and can not be allowed to roam around in the city", Zafar said. "This is my message to them that I am not the one who runs away", he said. "It is our duty to arrest those who have been sentenced". Look at Sri Lanka, Singapore, China all of them worked on our blueprint and today we've lagged behind. Sharif said he would not stop now regardless of whether he was "taken to prison or gallows". "This is a legal process". "Is there any Pakistani whose three generations had to face such sort of accountability?"

Meanwhile, the caretaker Punjab administration has stepped up its crackdown on PML-N's workers.

The police arrested 300 party workers late on Wednesday and are looking for 300 more activists, the newspaper reported.

It further stated that Aurangzeb made properties with corruption, while PML-N media cell members were also appointed in the information department.

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