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

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

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

Earlier Maryam tweeted that her mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had opened her eyes for a few seconds on Thursday for the first time in weeks, she also requested her followers to pray for her mother's well-being.

Nawaz and Maryam, convicted by an anti-graft court in Islamabad on July 6, were sentenced to 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Avenfield reference.

A picture of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam bidding farewell to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Mr Sharif's ailing wife, before their return to Pakistan for their imminent arrest, has struck an emotional chord with many in the country.

Late on Wednesday night, police stormed workers" homes and took them into custody for 30 days to thwart the PML-N's "welcome' procession.

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A clash broke out between Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N) party members and agitated PTI protestors after the incident. Safdar's name was also placed on the black list, which means he would be barred from leaving the country.

A police official who asked not to be identified said more than 100 PML-N workers had been detained.

Sharif alleges the military is aiding a "judicial witchhunt" against him and his PML-N party.

This dramatic return of the former PM comes ahead of Pakistan's general elections which will pit PML-N against its main political rival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by Imran Khan.

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.

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Khan has painted Sharif as a "criminal" who has looted the state for decades, and welcomes his prison term as overdue accountability.

Some have even called it the "ugliest face of Pakistani establishment" as the administration in the country said it would arrest Mr Sharif and his daughter Maryam mid-air, as soon as their plane enters Pakistani territory.

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half its history since 1947, has denied interfering in modern-day politics.

Further, the PML-N president said the verdict in the Avenfield reference was "unjust".

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Since then, a host of his allies have been either disqualified by the courts, or face corruption cases. Sections of the party oppose Sharif's combative approach against the army and fear it will turn off voters in a deeply conservative and patriotic Muslim nation of 208 million people. "I am giving this sacrifice for your coming generations.for Pakistan's future", Nawaz added.

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