Islamabad, July 13: As deposed Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, who were sentenced for long jail terms in graft case, will arrive in Lahore on Friday, the Punjab provincial government has announced that Mobile services will remain suspended from 3 pm to 11 pm in some areas of Lahore to avoid any political unrest and control law & order of the city.
Massive crackdown on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), over 300 workers and leaders of the party were detained in Lahore ahead of the arrival of leader Nawaz Sharif, who would be arrested along with his daughter and transported and be moved to a jail via a helicopter.
Lahore HC orders Punjab government to release PML-N workers by 2 pm
According to The News International, the Lahore High Court on Friday ordered the Punjab government to release the detained PML-N workers by 2 pm (2.30 pm IST). During the proceedings, the court was told that 141 persons were detained by the law enforcement agencies.
PML-N convoy, led by Amir Muqam, has left from Peshawar to welcome former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.
In a video message, tweeted by Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the former Pakistan prime minister urged his followers to stand with him and “change the fate of the country”.
Ahead of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam’s arrival in Pakistan, security arrangements have been beefed up in the provincial capital of Lahore, reports ANI.
Sharif’s brother Shehbaz Sharif appeals to people to come to Lahore airport
In a video tweeted on the PML-N handle, party chief Shehbaz Sharif said: Today, we have to welcome Nawaz Sharif, who has left his ailing wife in London, at Lahore airport. People are already gathering to go to the airport. PML-N workers should come along with me to welcome our Quaid.”
: On-board a flight to UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport, Nawaz Sharif says, ‘Pakistani qaum ko batana chahta hoon ki main ye aapke liye kar raha hoon. Ye kurbaani main aapki naslon ke liye de raha hoon.’ He & his daughter have now left from the airport for
#WATCH: On-board a flight to UAE's Abu Dhabi International Airport, Nawaz Sharif says, 'Pakistani qaum ko batana chahta hoon ki main ye aapke liye kar raha hoon. Ye kurbaani main aapki naslon ke liye de raha hoon.' He & his daughter have now left from the airport for #Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/mtY6ingnDQ
— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2018
“The whole world knows that PML-N is being targeted,” Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
According to Dawn, nearly 2,000 Pakistan Rangers have been deployed for guarding the airport ahead of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter’s arrival. The report said that three choppers have been stationed at Lahore, Islamabad and Noor Khan Air Base in Rawalpind.
Nawaz Sharif is being punished not for committing a crime but for stopping it. If Nawaz Sharif is in jail, will you able to commit a crime? No, because now every voter has become Nawaz Sharif,” news agency ANI quoted Pervaiz Rashid of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
Nawaz Sharif ko jurm karne ki nahi, jurm ko rokne ke liye saza di ja rahi hai. Agar Nawaz Sharif jail main honge toh kya aap gunah kar paayenge? Nahi, kyunki ab har voter Nawaz Sharif ban chuka hai: Pervaiz Rashid, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz