"My children have been wrongly convicted; I won't let them go to jail; however, if they are sent to prison, I will go with them", she said. Sharif and his daughter Maryam are to be taken to Islamabad in a helicopter after their landing in Lahore.
Quoting Dunya News, Newsweek Pakistan reported that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz will be held in Adiala Jail for one day and then be imprisoned in Attock Jail. Ministers in the provincial government have said only anti-social elements have been detained and police have placed shipping containers across the city to block roads to prevent protesters reaching the airport.
Adding to the tension surrounding the upcoming poll, a suicide bomber hit an election rally of a regional party in southwestern Pakistan, killing 85 people.
The Cabinet Division has reportedly allocated two helicopters - reserved for the prime minister - to NAB to shift Sharif and his daughter to the jail from the airport. Local Geo TV said Sharif and his daughter were taken to another waiting aircraft to be flown out of Lahore, where more than 10,000 Sharif supporters were gathered to greet him.More news: 100-Plane Flyover Marks RAF Centenary
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz arrived in London prior to Eid-ul-Fitr and are now there due to Kulsoom Nawaz's prolonged illness. "But I want the Pakistani nationals to know that I am doing this for you", he said. She also retweeted videos and images of PML-N supporters gathering in several parts of Pakistan.
"Over 100 police commandos will be deployed at the airport on Friday to avert any untoward incident", senior Lahore police officer Sardar Asif said.
On July 6, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of eight million pounds was slapped on him in the Avenfield Reference case, while Maryam was sentenced to seven years of jail and fined two million pounds, by the Accountability Court. As per ANI, the PML (N) president said, "We thought Bangladesh is a baggage and it slipped off our hands".
PML-N leaders say authorities have began a crackdown against union council leaders, the street-level party workers who bring out people on the streets.
Sharif's return comes at a time of dwindling fortunes for his party, which one year ago was considered a run-away favourite to retain power.