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Last Updated: Monday, 10 September 2007, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
In pictures: Nawaz Sharif's short return

Nawaz Sharif flying to Islamabad

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Pakistan on Monday after years of exile to try to challenge the rule of Gen Pervez Musharraf who toppled him in a coup in 1999.

Nawaz Sharif at Heathrow

Before his departure from London he said he aimed to "take Pakistan back to the rule of democracy".


Mr Sharif's supporters were in high spirits before his arrival, especially in his heartland of Punjab province.

Tear gas

But security forces put on a show of force, surrounding Islamabad airport. Earlier many of Mr Sharif's party colleagues were arrested. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif waves as he lands in Islamabad airport

Mr Sharif, who says he is determined to contest elections later in the year, waved as he arrived in Pakistan after an eight-year exile.

Nawaz Sharif, centre, is escorted by Pakistani police as he is apprehended shortly after his arrival in Islamabad from London.

But his return was short-lived. He was arrested by the authorities as he stepped off the plane, charged with money-laundering and promptly put on a plane to Saudi Arabia.

Sharif supporters being rounded up

More demonstrators were rounded up while Mr Sharif's fate was being decided at Islamabad airport.

Benazir Bhutto

The other main contender for power, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has said that she will announce on Friday what her plans are to return to Pakistan too.

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