Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam arrested at Lahore airport on return to Pakistan

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz- File

Begum Kulsoom Nawaz- File

The case against them, involving London properties owned by the Sharif family, also resulted in fines of eight million pounds for Nawaz and two million pounds for Maryam.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been arrested from Lahore airport. It will take them to old airport in Rawalpindi where they will be taken to Sahala Resthouse. He is being accompanied by his daughter Maryam, who was sentenced to seven years in prison.

"I'm aware of the fact that I'll be jailed, but it's a very small price to pay for the great mission to save the sanctity of the vote in Pakistan", Sharif told Reuters on board the plane minutes before touching down in the central city of Lahore.

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He also said that under PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's leadership, their opponents will face defeat.

Barbed wire was strung across some roads leading to the Lahore airport on Friday and barricades were positioned at the roadside ready to close off main boulevards should crowds start to gather.

Sharif's son-in-law is now serving his one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain that the court said were bought with illegally gotten money. The party's past five years in power has been punctuated by the civil-military discord that has plagued Pakistan since its inception.

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Since his dismissal, he has led a series of rallies across the country, pointing the finger of blame at Pakistan's powerful military, which has ruled it for roughly half of its 70-year history and still largely controls security and foreign policy. The military denied the accusations, and said its assistance had been requested by Pakistan's election commission. It plans to place 371,000 soldiers around polling stations so there can a "free and fair" elections, an army spokesperson said this week. To prevent PML-N workers from staging a hero's welcome on the streets, authorities said they will arrest the father and daughter upon landing and transport them to the capital Islamabad by helicopter, local media reported.

In a landmark verdict, the Sharifs were convicted by an anti-corruption court for not being able to prove a legitimate source for funds used to buy a set of upscale London apartments.

Nawaz Sharif decried the tactics ordered by the caretaker government that took over in June ahead of the general election, as Pakistan's constitution requires.

Sharif again denied the charges against him and claimed the judge who heard the case admitted that evidence of corruption was not found.

The Avenfield corruption case is among the multiple graft cases filed against the former Premier and his children by the anti-corruption body on the Supreme Court's directives in the landmark Panamagate verdict a year ago.

Senior PML-N leaders, including Nawaz's brother Shehbaz, led rallies to the airport from across the Punjab province that is their political base.

PML-N has also been riven by internal divisions.

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