A picture of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam bidding farewell to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Mr Sharif's ailing wife, before their return to Pakistan for their imminent arrest, has struck an emotional chord with many in the country.
More than 100 people were arrested in his stronghold of Lahore where he has called on crowds to meet him when he touches down from London on Friday evening.
Begum Kalsoom Nawaz wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif regains conscious after month's long coma confirmed her son Hussain here in London on Thursday.
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.
The father-daughter duo, both sentenced to lengthy jail terms in absentia, are due to return to Pakistan later today in a high-stakes gamble to galvanise their beleaguered party ahead of a July 25 general election.
Kalsoom Nawaz had been unconscious and in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest last month. Nawaz and Maryam will be flying from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Etihad Airways flight EY243.
Furthermore, the flights that were to arrive at Islamabad airport this morning have been diverted to Lahore airport. Containers have been placed on the roads. Sharif had stepped down as prime minister in July after the apex court's ruling.
Party officials say the police have started a crackdown against them, detaining hundreds of workers in the early hours on Friday.
PML-N loyalists have said they will march to the airport in defiance of a ban on all public rallies.
Sharif was ordered jailed after failing to explain how the family acquired the London flats in a case stemming from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed they owned the apartments through off-shore companies.
"The trust deeds produced by the accused Maryam Nawaz were also found bogus", the verdict read. It is time to end the war that has been going on for 70 years.
"Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials", the PML-N president asserted, as he warned the officials concerned of "fair judgement" if the PML-N is voted to power again.
Security has also been beefed up in the provincial capital ahead of PML-N leaders arrival.