Pakistan arrests thousands ahead of ex-PM return from exile Michael Sung at 10:08 AM ET
[JURIST] Pakistani security officials have detained more than 2,000 supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] ahead of Sharif's return from exile, Sharif spokesperson Ahsan Iqbal said Sunday. Sharif, who has been living in exile after being deposed in a 1999 military coup led by current Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile], is expected to return to Pakistan [JURIST news archive] on Monday to challenge Musharraf's re-election bid. Pakistani security officials have also barricaded the Islamabad International Airport [official website] to prevent supporters from greeting Sharif, who may be detained upon arrival as the government recently reopened a corruption case [JURIST reports] again him.
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