The Pakistani PM And Daughter To Be Arrested On Arrival In Pak; Media Gagged

The Pakistani PM And Daughter To Be Arrested On Arrival In Pak; Media Gagged

The Pakistani PM And Daughter To Be Arrested On Arrival In Pak; Media Gagged

New Delhi:On Friday, ahead of Nawaz Sharif, the former Prime Minister's return, Pakistan's media regulator ordered television channels to stop live telecast of briefings of political leaders containing "defamatory and derogatory content".

It is seen as an effort to ensure that the former Prime Minister wasn't able to turn public opinion in his favour ahead of the July 25 general election, said "malicious and indecent content" was being aired live by television channels and sought only telecast of edited footage.

The order of media regulator banned live telecast of speeches by political leaders against the judiciary, armed forces and the political leadership, is seen as an effort to black out Nawaz Sharif when he lands in Pakistan tomorrow evening.

The 68 year old Nawaz Sharif, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Pakistani accountability court for corrupt practices linked to his family's purchase of four London flats. Two more corruption cases against him following the Panama Paper scandal was faced by him.

The order of regulator came against the backdrop of a crackdown by the Pakistani police targeting leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, or PML-N, after Nawaz Sharif declared that he was returning from London "despite seeing a prison cell in front of him".

Nawaz Sharif, the three-time prime minister's dramatic return comes ahead of the general election on July 25 which will pit Nawaz Sharif's PML-N against its main political rival, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which is led by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan.

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The Pakistan's army and its intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence, have been accused of trying to swing it in favour of rivals such as Imran Khan's party.

On Friday, Sharif will be arrested upon landing, as he travels from London to appeal his conviction and face the jail sentence. As per the officials, a helicopter each had been positioned at airports in Islamabad and Lahore airports for the arrest.

Mr. Sharif will be accompanied by daughter the 44 year old Maryam Nawaz, seen as his political heir. Maryam Nawaz was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Prior to leaving London, she called going back to Pakistan "to go to prison the most difficult decision of our lives because my mother is on the ventilator and we don't know what happens next, their is no pain like that of leaving your mother behind in such situation but there's a national duty and we must make this important journey".

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