Coming back for future generations of country, says ex-PM

Saul Bowman
July 14, 2018

"Goodbyes are hard, even for the grownups".

"My children have been wrongly convicted; I won't let them go to jail; however, if they are sent to prison, I will go with them", she said.

The party has also arranged a bulletproof vehicle to transport senior leaders to the Lahore airport. They will then be taken to Islamabad by helicopter and ferried to Adiala jail. Around 10,000 police officers have been deployed across the city to maintain law and order. I am doing this sacrifice for my people of Pakistan.

Earlier, it was reported that the Cabinet Division had allocated two helicopters to the NAB. In a video message tweeted by his daughter Maryam, the former premier said, "the country is at a critical juncture right now".

The verdict came at a time when Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif were in London to see Begum Kulsum Nawaz Sharif who has been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Pakistan's third major political movement, the Pakistan Peoples Party, joined the criticism of the crackdown, with its prime ministerial candidate Bilawal Bhutto Zardari questioning why Sharif's supporters would be prevented from gathering. He was shifted to Adiala Jail by the NAB after he was presented in an accountability court in Islamabad on Monday. Police have virtually put Lahore on lockdown as scores of Sharif's supporters clashed with police in the evening.

On July 6, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of eight million pounds was slapped on him in the Avenfield reference case, while Maryam was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds by the accountability court.

A spokesman for Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party confirmed they were arrested soon afterwards.

PML-N leaders claimed that around 300 workers were arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday, while several hundred others had been picked up from Lahore and other cities.

"Section 144 has been imposed for us while Imran Khan has been permitted to hold a rally in Defence Housing Authority", he said, adding, "You can do all the rigging you want, we will still win the July 25 polls".

Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of the emerging situation, the PML-N president said, "By the time our workers are released polls will be over".

Shahbaz Sharif is expected to lead a rally to Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive Nawaz Sharif and his daughter.

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