Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif returns to face 'jail cell'

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Ousted Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan despite facing a 10-year jail sentence for corruption. Sharif and his daughter Maryam both face arrest when they arrive back in Lahore from London on Friday. The three-term PM was ousted from office last year after a corruption investigation. He was sentenced in absentia to 10 years last week. He has accused Pakistan's security establishment of conspiring against him ahead of July 25 elections.

"There was a time when we used to say a state within a state, now it's a state above the state," he told supporters of his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in London on Wednesday. "Despite seeing the bars of prison in front of my eyes, I am going to Pakistan." Thousands of supporters are expected to flock to the airport to greet Mr Sharif, who was convicted by an anti-corruption court last week over his family's ownership of four luxury flats in London.

Hundreds of party activists in Lahore are reported to have been detained ahead of his return. He has called for a "mass gathering of the people".

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