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

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According to Interior Ministry sources, their names have also been put on the Exit Control List (ECL).

In a video message in support of her son and granddaughter ahead of their expected return, Nawaz's mother Shamim Begum said that "the leader who made Pakistan prosperous is returning to the homeland".

"They are coming home and I would not let them go to jail". However, there are people in Pakistan who have done scam worth billions and are today fighting elections and giving sermons, he added.

He said he never opened his mouth on personal life of any political leader but when it came to country's solidarity he could not remain silent.

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

Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam arrived at the Abu Dhabi airport earlier Friday morning from London.

The duo, who are convicted in Avenfield reference case, will stay at the Abu Dhabi airport for seven hours and will reach Lahore at 6.15pm (2.15 United Kingdom time), sources said. Nawaz and Maryam will be flying from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Etihad Airways flight EY243. Deputy Inspector General Operations Shahzad Akbar said 10,000 police officers will be deployed across Lahore on Friday to "maintain law and order".

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No official reason was given but the party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), says it is an attempt to stifle its ability to launch street protests.

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. "It is the result of PTI Chairman Imran Khan's struggle that today Nawaz is returning Pakistan to face imprisonment".

Former PML-N minister Muhammad Balighur Rehman. The party's past five years in power has been punctuated by the civil-military discord that has plagued Pakistan since its inception.

The step has been taken to ensure that Nawaz Sharif doesn't turn public opinion in his favour for the upcoming elections.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, are set to return back to Pakistan on July 13.

Police and city administration have blocked all roads leading to the Lahore airport by placing containers to bar PML-N workers and leaders to reach from welcoming the duo. The case pertains to the purchase of Avenfield apartments through offshore companies, the beneficial owner of which was Maryam.

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