Twitter melts down over this picture of Nawaz, Maryam with Begum Kulsoom

Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz also tweeted about Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

"What credibility will these elections have when the government is taking such a drastic action against our people and this crackdown is taking place all over the country?" he told Reuters at the airport in Abu Dhabi as he waited for a connecting flight to Lahore.

They are expected to be airlifted in two helicopters from Lahore to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. Ministers in the provincial government have said only anti-social elements have been detained and police have placed shipping containers across the city to block roads to prevent protesters reaching the airport. "But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you".

Sharif's younger brother Shehbaz led late-night rallies across Lahore to drum up support for the ex-prime minister's arrival and said the arrest of party workers amounted to "naked pre-poll rigging". I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years (in prison) and I will be taken to a jail cell straight away.

Sharif, who was in London with his wife and children when the verdict was announced, said he is returning to Pakistan from London to fulfil his pledge to "honour the vote".

Maryam Nawaz would be transferred to Sihala Police Training rest house after medical check-up at Adiala jail, sources said.

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On Friday, some of Sharif's supporters clashed with police in Lahore.

A spokesman for Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party confirmed they were arrested soon afterwards.

Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of the emerging situation, the PML-N president said, "By the time our workers are released polls will be over".

According to Geo News, the Cabinet Division allocated two helicopters to the NAB for Friday, the day on which the father-daughter duo is slated to be arrested upon their landing at the Lahore Airport.

Pakistan's media regulator has ordered television channels to stop live telecast of briefings of political leaders containing "defamatory and derogatory content" ahead for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's return to the country on Friday, NDTV reported.

PML-N leaders say authorities have launched a crackdown against union council leaders, the street-level party workers who bring out people on the streets, detaining hundreds of workers over the last 36 hours.

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