Nawaz Sharif heads to Pakistan to face jail sentence before elections

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

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

In separate statements, Nawaz's children Maryam and Hussain said that their mother had opened her eyes for a few seconds exactly one month after losing consciousness and being placed on a ventilator.

The two PML (N) leaders are returning to Pakistan to face a prison sentence handed out on July 6 by an accountability court in the Avenfield properties case, one of the three corruption cases against him following the Panama Papers scandal. They would be kept at Adiala jail for 1 day and then would be transferred to Attock Fort. Ministers in the provincial government have said only anti-social elements have been detained and police have placed shipping containers across the city to block roads to prevent protesters reaching the airport. "I am sacrificing for the future generations of Pakistan".

Earlier, it was reported that the Cabinet Division had allocated two helicopters to the NAB.

In a video taken aboard his flight to Abu Dhabi from London, former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that he will be taken to the jail straight from the airport and that he was doing it for the people of Pakistan.

Sources said Nawaz Sharif and Maryam are fully cooperated with the 16-member NAB team.

Sharif's return from London, where his wife Kulsoom is critically ill and undergoing cancer treatment, comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which a year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.

Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in jail and Maryam 7 years jail term.

Clashes broke out Friday evening at the main highway entry point to Lahore between pro-Sharif protesters and police who had been deployed in their thousands, a Reuters witness said.

Meanwhile, the party president accused the caretaker government of voter rigging.

Addressing a press conference in London with Maryam by his side, Sharif had said he has chose to return to the country "despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes".

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.

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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