Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, ‘will appear in accountability court tomorrow’ – Pakistan
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan from London on Monday, placing to relaxation all hypothesis by political rivals.
He had left for the UK a few month in the past to see his spouse Kulsoom Nawaz, who’s present process most cancers therapy.
Nawaz Sharif’s convoy heads in the direction of Punjab Home from Islamabad airport.— DawnNews
All different members of his household, together with daughter Maryam and sons Hussain and Hassan, are additionally in London and none of them accompanied the ex-PM on his return.
Sharif boarded a PIA flight from London within the early hours of Monday and arrived in Islamabad at round 7:30am.
Nationwide Meeting Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N info secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Minister of State for Inside Talal Chaudhry and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi had been among the many a number of occasion leaders who acquired Sharif at Benazir Bhutto Worldwide Airport.
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Sharif later held a casual assembly with senior PML-N leaders at Punjab Home for consultations on his look earlier than the accountability courtroom.
Nawaz Sharif greets supporters at Islamabad airport.— DawnNews
Following the assembly, PML-N Senator Asif Kirmani instructed reporters that Sharif will seem earlier than the accountability courtroom in Islamabad tomorrow in reference to the corruption references filed towards him. He stated the previous prime minister will maintain a press convention after his look within the courtroom.
Sharif members of the family instructed Daybreak that though his mom is unwell, Hussain Nawaz can even return to Pakistan, since he doesn’t need it to appear as if he’s evading courtroom proceedings.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who can be in London for consultations on political issues, visited his elder brother’s residence to see him off.
The youthful Sharif instructed the media that the choice to return was not taken spontaneously, however had been within the works for a while.
‘We didn’t commit any corruption’
Chatting with reporters earlier than leaving for the airport, the previous prime minister stated he got here to London to inquire after the well being of his spouse.
In his remarks, Sharif continued to query the courtroom’s choice to disqualify him. “We didn’t commit any corruption. If this was about Panama [Papers], then why was I disqualified for holding an Iqama?”
Expressing dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court docket’s dealing with of his overview petitions, Sharif stated he had by no means considered not returning to Pakistan.
However the ruling occasion’s rivals, notably the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) management, had been claiming that the disqualified prime minister had left to flee accountability within the references filed towards him, since his departure on Aug 30.
Sharif has been summoned on Sept 26 in three corruption references, filed by the Nationwide Accountcapability Bureau (NAB). Nobody from his aspect, member of the family or authorized counsel, appeared earlier than the accountability courtroom in Islamabad through the listening to of the case on September 19.
Khawaja Haris, one of many legal professionals for the Sharif household within the Panama Papers case, additionally suggested the household to affix NAB proceedings a few days in the past.
Taking to Twitter to specific herself, Maryam Nawaz Sharif termed her father’s choice to return residence a brave step within the face of the “biased” accountability course of that awaits him.
In a few tweets on Sunday, she stated: “Understanding what he faces is NOT accountability, the person decides to return. It isn’t about his particular person anymore. It’s the battle of 200 million.”
In one other tweet, she maintained: “It takes nice braveness and valour to be prepared to pay the worth for difficult what must be modified. Not everybody can try this.”
Nevertheless, this was in distinction to her stance beforehand. On Sept 19, when requested on Twitter whether or not her father would face the NAB circumstances, Maryam Nawaz had tweeted: “He shouldn’t. Should not. Shouldn’t be part of political & private victimisation within the garb of accountability. It’s a FARCE (sic).”
An area PML-N chief instructed Daybreak that Sharif’s arrival wouldn’t solely put to relaxation abounding rumours concerning the former PM’s intentions to keep away from arrest, however would additionally put to relaxation any fissures amongst occasion ranks.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who can be wished in a NAB reference however had been overseas for the previous 4 weeks, additionally returned to Islamabad from London. A NAB courtroom had issued bailable arrest warrants for him after he failed to seem on Sept 20.
Dar accompanied Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who returned to the nation on Sunday after a week-long go to to New York to attend the UN Basic Meeting, in addition to a gathering with Nawaz Sharif in London on the way in which again.