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"I'll be taken straight to jail". "I am sacrificing for the future generations of Pakistan". "This opportunity will not come again", he said. "Let's build destiny of Pakistan together".

Both quickly vowed to return to appeal and though neither can stand in the July 25 general election, the PML-N hopes their appearance can galvanise a campaign which has seen them lose ground to the party of cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan.

Maryam Nawaz has also retweeted the picture.

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.

According to Lahore's City Traffic Officer, the plan will be executed before the rally of the PML-N, while more than 200 wardens will be deputed to maintain the flow of the traffic.

In August 2017, Kulsoom Nawaz was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and has undergone several chemotherapy sessions.

Hours before his imminent arrest, Mr Sharif said, "Maryam and I are coming back to face prison, and even if they send me to the gallows, we know that freedom can not be won without sacrifice".

Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is set to arrive in Pakistan later today, reached Abu Dhabi on Friday morning and said he knows that prison awaits him.

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Until Thursday, the interim government had arrested over 300 PML-N workers under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance ahead of the former PM's expected arrival.

Khan has painted Sharif as a "criminal" who has looted the state for decades, and welcomes his prison term as overdue accountability. The former prime minister also faces two more cases following Panama Paper scandal. Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the apartments.

The military, which has ruled the nuclear-armed country for nearly half its history and ended Sharif's second stint in power in 1999 in a bloodless coup, denies involvement. A second stint in power was ended by a military coup in 1999, prompting a period in jail for Sharif and years in exile in London.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and his daughter stopped over in Abu Dhabi on their way to Pakistan from London.

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.

Dozens of PML-N activists were arrested earlier this week and appeared in court on Wednesday, accused of plotting unrest to coincide with Sharif's return. They have announced that they will address a rally in Lahore, after which they will surrender. As per ANI, the PML (N) president said, "We thought Bangladesh is a baggage and it slipped off our hands".

"Those who think they can scare us.open your ears and hear this: we are winning this election", Shehbaz Sharif told reporters in Lahore on Thursday.


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