Nawaz Sharif, the supreme leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will return home on October 21. This information was given by his younger brother and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday.
He said that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan from London on October 21 to lead the party’s political campaign in the upcoming elections.
After being convicted in a corruption case, Nawaz Sharif went to London for treatment in 2019 with the permission of the court. The former prime minister remained in London even after the court’s bail expired. PML-N is planning to welcome Nawaz Sharif with a grand event on the occasion of his return to the country after four years.
In a statement after the meeting of the top leaders of PML-N led by Nawaz in London, Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan on October 21. Shehbaz said, the founder of the party will be given a grand welcome after his return. He said, the whole nation is waiting for the return of Nawaz Sharif.
In 2018, Pakistan’s court found Nawaz guilty in the much-discussed Al-Azizia Mills and Avenfield corruption case. He was serving a seven-year sentence in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail in this case. Nawaz Sharif went to London on November 19, 2019 for treatment after getting seriously ill in prison with the permission of the court.
At that time, his family alleged that Imran Khan’s government and his supporters tried to poison Nawaz Sharif. Due to which he fell ill in prison. Later he was treated for four months at Hurley Street Clinic and London Bridge Hospital in London.
In June this year, the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan approved the amended National Elections Act-2023. As a result, the Election Commission of Pakistan got unilateral power to fix the election date. In the same Act, the term of disqualification by the Election Commission for a convicted candidate is five years.
The country’s opposition politicians say that the electoral law has been amended to focus only on certain individuals. Apart from Nawaz Sharif, they criticized the law noting that Jahangir Khan Tareen, patron of the country’s newly formed political party Istehqam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), would benefit.
Nawaz and Tareen were disqualified for life more than five years ago under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution of Pakistan.
The PML-N-led coalition came to power after PTI chief Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence vote in April last year. Soon after the PML-N returned to power, members of the Sharif family were also acquitted in other cases.