Convicted Sharif family file appeal against Avenfield verdict in Islamabad High Court

PML-N workers protest outside a police station

Sharif had stepped down as prime minister in July past year after the apex court's ruling.

Sharif, 68, and his daughter Maryam, 44, were arrested in Lahore on Friday on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty on July 6 over his family's ownership of four luxury flats in London.

Meanwhile, PTI Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry criticised the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) for creating the law and order situation in Punjab province during the return of Sharif and his daughter.

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were handed down 10 and seven years' imprisonment, respectively, in the London properties case last week, days before the July 25 polls.

The ex-premier s son-in-law was already arrested and now serving his one-year prison sentence on the same charge, which stems from the purchase of luxury apartments in Britain that the court said were bought with illegally gotten money.

After the court's verdict, the remaining cases pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, and offshore companies, including Flagship Investment Limited.

According to the UK's Guardian, military police boarded Sharif's flight soon after it landed from Abu Dhabi, after taking off from London.

The two were to be flown in a special aircraft to the main jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, officials said.

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Uniformed men escorted the Sharifs, who were sentenced in absentia on corruption charges last week, from their airplane after it touched down in the central city of Lahore at around 8:45 p.m. (1645 GMT), a Reuters reporter on board said.

Facilities in the cells were reported to include a bed, chair, teapot and lamp, though prisoners can pay extra for a television, fridge and air conditioning.

Speaking at a rally in Lahore on Friday evening, Shehbaz was quoted by The Express Tribune saying, "By returning Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has proved that he is on the right".

High drama surrounded the arrests as the authorities blocked roads, shut off mobile and internet services and deployed thousands of security forces to thwart supporters of the Sharifs from reaching the airport. If the military-backed forces are anxious about Sharif's return to the country as a representative of democracy, it indicates the existence of a strong support base for those favouring democracy in Pakistan.

He had called on followers to stand with him and "change the fate of the country". "I have done what I could".

"They want to make me a weakness of my father (Nawaz Sharif) but luckily, now I am a source of strength", she said in the audio message.

On Thursday, Sharif's brother Shahbaz, who is leading the PML-N's election campaign, said hundreds of the party's workers and supporters had been arrested in what he described as "naked" pre-poll rigging. "This situation is unacceptable given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former Prime Minister", he wrote.

The PML-N had been seen as favourites for re-election until recently but have appeared to lose ground to Imran Khan.

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