Nawaz Sharif, Maryam may be held mid-air; Lahore shuts phone networks

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Supporters of the Pakistan-Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) who were arrested after holding a rally to obstruct the arrest of Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, are handcuffed and escorted by police after they were appeared before district court in Rawalpindi, Pakisan July 11, 2018.

In separate statements, Nawaz's children Maryam and Hussain said that their mother had opened her eyes for a few seconds exactly one month after losing consciousness and being placed on a ventilator.

The military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for nearly half its history and ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, denies involvement. "I have done what I could".

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"My children have been wrongly convicted; I won't let them go to jail; however, if they are sent to prison, I will go with them", she said. "But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you".

While a report quoting unidentified officials said Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Sharif would be arrested in Abu Dhabi, local daily Dawn said they will be arrested on arrival in Lahore. His daughter and likely political successor, Maryam, was given seven years.

Both leaders of the PML-N is expected to land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore at 6:15 pm today on a foreign airline, Etihad Airways, via Abu Dhabi. The former prime minister and his daughter were in London, where Sharif's wife Begum Kulsoom is undergoing treatment for cancer.

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All the arrangement to shift the convicts in Adiala jail through helicopter have been completed and even the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir has been asked to reach there on July 13.

All arrangements have been made to arrest the three-time Prime Minister and his daughter by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team. Deputy Inspector General Operations Shahzad Akbar said 10,000 police officers will be deployed across Lahore on Friday to "maintain law and order".

Pakistani police detained hundreds of members of the former ruling party in the central city of Lahore on Thursday, weeks before the country heads to the polls, party officials said.

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Meanwhile, the party president accused the caretaker government of voter rigging.

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