Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif posted a video message on social media, saying that Pakistan is on a decisive juncture.  

"I have done all that I could. I know I have been sentenced for 10 years and that I will be taken straight to prison," he said in a his message is daughter Maryam Nawaz on social media.

The ousted premier, who can be seen sitting in an aeroplane in the video, further urged the people of Pakistan to support him.

"Please support me and walk with me at every step. We must change the country’s future. This opportunity will not come again," he said.

"I have to tell the Pakistani nation that I am doing this for them. I am giving this sacrifice for your coming generations for Pakistan’s future," Nawaz added.

Nawaz Sharif and his daughter are expected to return to Pakistan today and begin their jail sentence a week after being convicted in Avenfield properties reference.

They are presently in Abu Dhabi, from where they are expected to reach Lahore around 4pm.

Earlier, on July 6, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped a £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to eight years with a £2 million fine (Rs335 million).

The sentences will run concurrently, which means Nawaz will serve 10 years in prison, while Maryam seven. Additionally, Nawaz's son-in-law Capt (retired) Safdar has been given a one year sentence without any fine.