The Punjab Police has issued detention orders for senior leader Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including former federal minister for railways Saad Rafique.

The caretaker provincial government has been arresting dozens of PML-N supporters and leaders since earlier this week in a bid to thwart the party’s plans to welcome PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter who reach Lahore later today after being sentenced in the Avenfield properties reference.

Inspector General of Punjab Police Kaleem Imam has written to the Lahore Deputy Commissioner ordering the detention of seven PML-N leaders and one’s house arrest for 30 days.

Beside Saad Rafique, the party leaders include his brother Khawaja Salman Rafique, Mian Marghoob, Bilal Yasin, Khwaja Imran Nazir, Malik Saiful Malook and Waheed Alam Khan.

Moreover, PML-N’s Haji Rana Bakhtiar has been ordered to be placed under house arrest. The order indicates that the PML-N leaders' speeches and actions may disturb law and order in the city.