Coincidentally, it is the same chopper Sharif used while he was in power. "Placement of someone's name on the ECL means putting restrictions on his or her exit from the country".
Meanwhile, on-board flight to UAE's Abu Dhabi airport, Nawaz Sharif said: "I'll be taken straight to jail".
"I have to enlighten the Pakistani nation that I am doing this for them".
He said he never opened his mouth on personal life of any political leader but when it came to country's solidarity he could not remain silent. "Let's build destiny of Pakistan together".
Sharif, set to arrive at 6 p.m., will be accompanied by his daughter Mariam, who was sentenced to seven years in prison.
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.
Besides arrests, the Lahore administration has also seized several containers and placed them on the main arteries of the city to discourage the PML-N workers from reaching the airport where Nawaz and Maryam would likely land at around 5.15pm in the evening, a week after their conviction. Nawaz and Maryam will be flying from Abu Dhabi to Lahore on Etihad Airways flight EY243.
Ahead of his return, police swept through Lahore, arresting scores of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party workers to prevent them from greeting him at the airport. "It is the result of PTI Chairman Imran Khan's struggle that today Nawaz is returning Pakistan to face imprisonment". People, who were earlier supporting and have some ethics and moral values have left the PML-N because no reasonable person can justify or support corrupt people, he added. The party's past five years in power has been punctuated by the civil-military discord that has plagued Pakistan since its inception.
Former Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, who is also Nawaz Sharif's brother and president of PML-N, will lead the rally from Lohari Gate at 3pm. "The Election Commission of Pakistan must act and order release of our detained workers".
Shehbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of the PML-N were visibly angry over the police crackdown on their party workers during a press conference held in Lahore on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking to media persons outside London's Harley Street Clinic, Hussain said that his mother opened her eyes for a few seconds only to close them again; however, she is in a better state now and doctors have adjusted the settings on the ventilator.