Why Maryam Nawaz Sharif's arrest today has become a headache for Pakistan

Why Maryam Nawaz Sharif's arrest today has become a headache for Pakistan

Begum Kalsoom Nawaz wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regains conscious after month's long coma confirmed her son Hussain here in London on Thursday.

The PML-N supremo further said he would render the sacrifice for the future generations of the country.

Asking the people for their support, he said the destiny of the country can change if the masses stay by his side as such opportunities do not come often.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and his daughter stopped over in Abu Dhabi on their way to Pakistan from London.

The photograph, which was tweeted by a Pakistani journalist, and retweeted by Nawaz Sharif's daughter, shows Maryam breaking down as her father Nawaz Sharif keeps his hand on Begum Kulsoom's forehead, hours before they head to the airport to return to Pakistan, where they would be arrested upon arrival.

"She (Kulsoom) has opened her eyes after exactly one month".

"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".


Former PML-N minister Muhammad Balighur Rehman.

Muhammad Mehdi, the party's media coordinator, told Reuters that almost 500 workers had been detained in a "massive crackdown", including raids on the homes of a number of some of the party's local councillors.

"Nawaz really believes this is about democracy and his legacy", Musadik Malik, Sharif ally and former PML-N cabinet minister, told Reuters.

PML-N members have said the crackdown on workers who handle street level organizing will make it harder for them to stage rallies and protests on Sharif's return, when he will challenge the verdict and sentence against him.

Nawaz and Maryam, convicted by an anti-graft court in Islamabad on July 6, were sentenced to 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Avenfield reference.

Sharif has also said the military's intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, is intimidating his party's candidates to switch loyalties, or to run as independents, ahead of the July 25 poll.

A PML-N official told Reuters that police began monitoring his house and the residences of a number of other party activists on Wednesday night. His brother Shehbaz became PML-N's president, but Sharif remains the power behind the throne.

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