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Coming back to save Pakistan from conspirators: Nawaz

13 July 2018

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be arrested once he lands at Lahore airport on Friday, Bloomberg quoted Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar as saying on Thursday. She was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Nawaz Sharif on Friday was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference while Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million). 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". All flights that were to arrive at Islamabad have been diverted to Lahore airport.

He said the police are taking only anti-social elements into custody ahead of Sharif's arrival.

"Punjab government has not issued any kind of instructions to police for a crackdown against PML-N activists", he said.

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"Anyone with a living conscience will not vote for the PML-N", said Imran, adding that the PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is a "conman".

The 68-year-old leader said he was returning to the country so that he could pay back the Pakistani nation for what they had done for him: making him prime minister three times.

Speaking on the bad state of Pakistan's economy, he said our economy is on the verge of decline, the stock exchange is going down, our reserves can support only one month's import now, our investors went back to London and Dubai wondering what would happen on 25 July in Pakistan.

Shehbaz further said that PML-N opponents are given full liberty to hold rallies while section 144 has been imposed in Lahore only to stop the PML-N workers from receiving their leader. She said that her family has faced more than 100 court appearances on "bogus" charges following the Panama Papers case.

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He said that he was returning "despite seeing a prison cell in front of him" and was saddened that he was leaving his wife behind on ventilator.

Meanwhile, Sharif's mother Begum Shamim Akhter said in a video message that the father-daughter duo were "innocent" and she, too, will go to jail if they are arrested.

While Junaid, on the other hand, has come forward that the PTI workers spat at him and even proceeded to attack him.

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Coming back to save Pakistan from conspirators: Nawaz