Nawaz, Maryam begin journey to Adiala

Former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz

Scores of party activists faithful to the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif were arrested in night raids ahead of his return to Pakistan and a showdown with the country's security officials and judiciary.

The crackdown on the PML-N, whose leaders have accused the military of attempting to destabilize the party, comes a day before the party founder, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is due to return to Pakistan where he faces arrest.

Begum Kalsoom Nawaz wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regains conscious after month's long coma confirmed her son Hussain here in London on Thursday. Such (an) opportunity won't come again.

Shehbaz Sharif, the president of PML-N and Mr Sharif's younger brother, will lead the homecoming rally of the Sharifs.

The caretakers want to suspend the mobile phone service in five areas that include Lahore airport, walled city area, Shahdara, Nawab Town and Burki Hadyara.

On July 6, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of eight million pounds was slapped on him in the Avenfield reference case, while Maryam was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds, by the Pakistan Accountability Court.

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The run-up to the general election has been marred by accusations that the military is meddling in politics and muzzling the media to help usher cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) into power.

Kulsoom Nawaz, whose health has been described as "highly critical" by doctors, has been undergoing treatment at the Harley Street Clinic in London.

Party officials say the police have started a crackdown against them, detaining hundreds of workers in the early hours on Friday.

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb on Thursday condemned a statement of PTI chief Imran Khan who had called her party workers 'donkeys'.

Sharif was ordered jailed after failing to explain how the family acquired the London flats in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies.

It is expected that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will be arrested upon their arrival. For this, she has been sentenced to an additional year in the jail. He was ousted from his third term as prime minister by the Supreme Court of Pakistan past year following a corruption investigation and banned from politics for life but remains a powerful symbol for his ruling party. Shehbaz Sharif has asked all party workers to join.

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