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Sharif supporters clash with police in Lahore, 50 injured

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Supporters of have clashed with police in Pakistan's province as they tried to reach the airport where the former and his daughter Maryam were arrested on their return to the country in a corruption case, prompting police to lob tear and use batons that left at least 50 people injured.

The country's anti-graft body - - arrested Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 48 in the Evenfield properties case upon their arrival here yesterday. They were later taken to and sent to in

Both Sharif, the supremo of the Muslim League - Nawaz, and Maryam have been sentenced by an accountability court to 10 and seven years in jail respectively, in the corruption case related to the Sharif family's ownership of four luxury flats in

The former was found guilty of owning assets beyond known income, while his daughter was convicted for aiding and abetting her father in covering up a "conspiracy".

"At least 50 people including 20 policemen have been injured during clashes between workers, police and the Rangers mostly in and some adjoining districts in Punjab," police told

Thousands of people yesterday participated in the rally led by its in to greet the two leaders on their arrival at the airport. The participants could not reach the airport as the city was sealed off by police to prevent them from reaching the airport.

Haider said a major clash took place at the Joray Pul, some five km away from the airport, where the rally was stopped. The participants pelted stones at police and the Rangers as they fired tear gas on them.

"It was not understandable as why the PML-N workers were pressing ahead to get to the airport despite the fact that and were arrested at the airport and flown to on a jet," he said.

The PML-N supporters also clashed with police at and Bhutta Chowk Lahore,

PML-N told a number of its workers had been injured in clashes with police.

"Thousands of our workers stopped at different entry points of Lahore who were coming from other parts of Lahore to join a rally here to welcome Nawaz and Maryam."

She condemned the police for using force to stop PML-N workers. She also demanded immediate release of its workers, arrested earlier.

The yesterday ordered the release of over 370 PML-N workers who were detained ahead of Sharif's arrival in the city.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 10:55 IST