The country's anti-graft body - National Accountability Bureau - arrested Nawaz and Maryam in the Evenfield properties case upon their arrival from London via Abu Dhabi. They were later taken to Islamabad and sent to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan hit out at Mr Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz party, saying those who had gone to greet him at the airport were "donkeys". The participants could not reach the airport as the city was sealed off by police to prevent them from reaching the airport. Sharif's PML-N party, led by its President and Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz took out a rally to protest.
Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court a year ago in the Panama Papers case. Both Maryam and Nawaz were in the United Kingdom at the bedside of ailing Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.
On July 28, 2017, Sharif had to resign as Prime Minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding any public office for concealing his earnings.
Sharif alleges the military is aiding a "judicial witch-hunt" against him and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam returned to Pakistan on Friday to face lengthy jail terms after a court convicted them in a corruption case.
The Congress had posted a photograph of Modi and Sharif walking hand in hand on micro-blogging site Twitter and sought to know what the prime minister thinks of his former Pakistani counterpart, who was arrested in a corruption case.
More than 300 leaders and members of the PML-N have been detained in a widespread crackdown on the party's activists in Lahore ahead of Nawaz and Maryam's arrival, according to local media.
Their return could shake up an election race marred by accusations Pakistan's powerful military is working behind the scenes to skew the contest in favour of ex-cricket hero Imran Khan, who describes Sharif as a "criminal" who deserves no support.
On Friday afternoon, thousands of police had been deployed in the central city of Lahore and shipping containers placed along main roads that could be used to block protesters from moving towards the airport, where Sharif is expected to land around 6:15 p.m. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Since yesterday scores of political party workers have been put under preventive custody by the police.
'Why is Lahore under siege?
The country's media regulator warned local news channels to abstain from airing statements 'by political leadership containing defamatory and derogatory content targeting. judiciary and armed forces'.
It comes as Pakistan is in the midst of a hectic campaign for the general and provincial elections in two weeks' time which turned violent when 10 people were killed by a suicide bomber in south west Pakistan on Friday.
The security situation has improved in recent years in nuclear-armed Pakistan, but the substantial threat still posed by militants was starkly illustrated by the attack on an election rally of a regional party in Baluchistan province, in southwestern Pakistan, that killed 128 people.