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

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In a massive crackdown on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), over 300 workers and leaders of the party were detained in Lahore ahead of the arrival of its "lifetime" leader Nawaz Sharif, who would be arrested along with his daughter and transported and be moved to a jail via a helicopter.

Judge Muhammad Bashir has already given the verdict against Sharifs in another reference of Avenfield properties, considering that Nawaz's counsel pleaded the accountability court to transfer the hearing of other references to another judge except Muhammad Bashir.

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.

Lamenting that the party is not being allowed to campaign and is "being pushed against the wall", Shehbaz said, "No one complain to me later if we are not given a level playing field". "Is there any Pakistani whose three generations had to face such sort of accountability?"

Speaking to media persons outside London's Harley Street Clinic, Hussain said that his mother opened her eyes for a few seconds only to close them again; however, she is in a better state now and doctors have adjusted the settings on the ventilator.

"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".

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"Those putting me on the Exit Control List should know that I am coming back, there are those who said that I will not be coming back to Pakistan, some said I will be taking political asylum but all of them were wrong, I and Maryam are coming back".

"WE ARE WINNING" Sharif's return comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which one year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.

He was elected prime minister in 1990-93.

Sharif said that decision to disqualify him, his daughter and his son-in-law Captain Safdar was "made somewhere else".

Maryam, daughter and political heir of the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, added that "anyone would have reacted" to such unacceptable act. She said that her family has faced more than 100 court appearances on "bogus" charges following the Panama Papers case. She was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Maryam said that Pakistan was standing at an important juncture and "these are defining times".

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