Former Prime Minister Sharif Arrested Moments After Landing in Pakistan

Deposed PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz address a press conference in London prior to their departure for Pakistan

Deposed PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz address a press conference in London prior to their departure for Pakistan

Local police official Naveed Shah told Reuters his current orders did not include restricting people's movements, but that could change when supporters of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party take to the streets.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister who was arrested late on Friday has been shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, while his daughter Maryam Nawaz was sent to Seihala Rest House, declared as temporary sub-jail. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Mr. Sharif was arrested after landing at Lahore airport by officers from the National Accountability Bureau, the country's anticorruption authority, said Shaukat Javed, the provincial interior minister. It will take them to old airport in Rawalpindi where they will be taken to Sahala Resthouse.

Since yesterday scores of political party workers have been put under preventive custody by the police.

Talking to reporters before reaching the airport, Shahbaz said "a sea of people" has turned up today to give historic reception to Sharif. "Right to peaceful protest is fundamental for democracy", tweeted Bhutto Zardari, the son of two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated at a political rally in 2007. The bombing was the biggest attack in Pakistan in more than a year and the third incident of election-related violence this week.

They were flown to Islamabad on a special aircraft and then were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys.

Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $10.5m fine, while his daughter was given a seven-year sentence and $2.6m fine. The party's past five years in power has been punctuated by the civil-military discord that has plagued Pakistan since its inception.

She also posted photos of Nawaz visiting his wife, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer in London.

Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), political party, holds his tasbih, or prayer beads, as he sits in a helicopter on his way to a campaign rally ahead of general elections in Narowal, Pakistan July 12, 2018.

The Sharifs arrived in Pakistan's second city from the United Kingdom on Friday evening, submitting themselves for arrest after they were convicted by an anti-corruption court last week, Geo TV and Dawn newspaper reported.

In a landmark verdict, the Sharifs were convicted by an anti-corruption court for not being able to prove a legitimate source for funds used to buy a set of upscale London apartments. They both deny wrongdoing.

After boarding the flight Friday, Sharif posted a video on social media urging supporters to show up in droves for the July 25 election, and thereby resist what he has called a conspiracy to oust his ruling party from power. He also said that under PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif's leadership, their opponents will face defeat.

Since then, a host of his allies have been either disqualified by the courts or face corruption cases.

One of his companions at the rally, Farhan Ashfaq, a local organiser in the PML-N party, said he had been lucky to escape the round up of thousands of party activists on Thursday.

PML-N has also been riven by internal divisions. 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.

In recent weeks, media outlets critical of army interference in politics have faced a clampdown, and several candidates from Sharif's party have suddenly defected in pivotal Punjab province, which includes Lahore.