What Nawaz Sharif's Return to Pakistan Means for the Country's Politics

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz

The Pakistan Muslim League said scores of its members were nabbed in the sweep in eastern Punjab province.

The arrest comes shortly former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif left for Heathrow Airport to board a flight for Pakistan.

NAB authorities have chose to arrest former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and hsi daughter Maryam Nawaz after the plane enters Pakistan s airspace.

Both were sentenced in absentia while in Britain, where Sharif's critically ill wife is in hospital.

Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday told the media at a press conference in London that he would return to Pakistan irrespective of whether he is "taken to the prison or the gallows". Speaking on the development, Pakistan Information Minister Syed Ali Zafar Nawaz Sharif can not be allowed to enter the city since he is convicted and will be arrested from the Lahore airport once he lands in Pakistan.

The NAB chairman said that the arrest of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, who were convicted in Avenfield reference, will be ensured according to the law. In this regard, the PML-N has asked different wings of the party to bring maximum people to the Lahore airport on July 13.

Meanwhile, authorities in Lahore set up shipping containers and other barricades to block key roads leading to the airport to prevent Nawaz Sharif's supporters from rallying there.

During his term in office, Sharif had criticized the military's involvement in civilian affairs and its efforts in fighting extremists. The Pakistani Taliban had claimed that attack, which took place in the city of Peshawar.

If Sharif's return creates political instability in the country with the party's workers taking to the streets and violence breaking out, the possibility of the next general election getting delayed appears to be a likely scenario.

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