Ahead Of Arrest, Nawaz Sharif's Emotional Moment With Ailing Wife Kulsoom

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Shahbaz Sharif, brother of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Thursday slammed his country's Pakistan over its bad economic performance, adding that India has India surpassed Pakistan in various fields.

Some have even called it the "ugliest face of Pakistani establishment" as the administration in the country said it would arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam mid-air, as soon as their plane enters Pakistani territory.

On July 6, Nawaz Sharif 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 his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

Sharif is accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz who is also convicted and sentenced to seven years of prison.

Both quickly vowed to return to appeal and though neither can stand in the July 25 general election, the PML-N hopes their appearance can galvanise a campaign which has seen them lose ground to the party of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan.

Hours before his imminent arrest, Mr Sharif said, "Maryam and I are coming back to face prison, and even if they send me to the gallows, we know that freedom can not be won without sacrifice".

The father-daughter duo are expected to reach Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport by Friday evening. Supporters of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party say they will march to the airport there, where the former prime minister is due to land, in defiance of a ban on all public rallies. Nawaz and Maryam will be flying from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Etihad Airways flight EY243.

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Lahore police has also placed containers on the city roads leading to the airport.

"Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials", the PML-N president asserted, as he warned the officials concerned of "fair judgement" if the PML-N is voted to power again.

This is being done to prevent PML-N workers from staging a hero's welcome on the streets for the leaders.

A police official who asked not to be identified said more than 100 PML-N workers had been detained.

Late on Wednesday night, police stormed workers" homes and took them into custody for 30 days to thwart the PML-N's "welcome' procession.

Khan has painted Sharif as a "criminal" who has looted the state for decades, and welcomes his prison term as overdue accountability.

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