Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Opens Her eyes After Month-long Coma

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Maryam Nawaz tweeted a video message from her father after they stopped in Abu Dhabi before they travel on to Lahore.

Speaking to media persons outside London's Harley Street Clinic, Hussain said that his mother opened her eyes for a few seconds only to close them again; however, she is in a better state now and doctors have adjusted the settings on the ventilator. "She looked around after opening her eyes". "I know I have been sentenced for 10 years and that I will be taken straight to prison", he said while sitting in the airplane.

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

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 Kulsoom Nawaz had been unconscious and in a critical condition after she suffered a cardiac arrest last month.

A Pakistani accountability court on Friday sentenced Sharif in absentia to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family's purchase of upscale London flats.

Flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport.

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"Sharifs will come back on Friday", he said as he brushed aside the rumours of their flight cancellation.

Meanwhile, the party president accused the caretaker government of voter rigging.

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

According to Lahore's City Traffic Officer, the plan will be executed before the rally of the PML-N, while more than 200 wardens will be deputed to maintain the flow of the traffic.

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.

Lamenting that the party is not being allowed to campaign and is "being pushed against the wall", Shehbaz said, "No one complain to me later if we are not given a level playing field".

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