Senior party leaders said that the 73-year-old Nawaz, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), returned from Dubai to Islamabad on the Umeed e Pakistan chartered flight along with some family members.
Pakistan is facing many crises related to security, economy and politics. Meanwhile, the general elections there have already been postponed to January 2024. Sharif’s main opponent and former prime minister Imran Khan is in jail. Nawaz Sharif’s return to his country amidst hundreds of crisis, political uproar and financial difficulties has increased curiosity about his next move.
“This is a time of hope and celebration. His return will benefit Pakistan’s economy and its people,” said senior PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Heavy security was organized as thousands gathered to welcome him who landed on Saturday afternoon. More than 7,000 policemen have been deployed for security at the rally organized at Greater Iqbal Park.
Seven years imprisonment
Sharif was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court on October 19. As part of this Sharif’s legal team will visit them, take their biometrics and submit it to the court. After spending about an hour in Islamabad, he left for Lahore and addressed a rally organized at Minar e Pakistan.
The PML-N party had been waiting for many months for Sharif’s return. Leaders have expressed hope that the arrival of the ‘Son of the Soil’ will help restore the party’s popularity.
Sharif, who was sentenced to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia corruption case, went to London on a ‘medical base’ in November 2019 when the High Court granted four weeks bail.
During this four-year period, Sharif was declared an absconder due to his continuous absence from appeal hearings against convictions in the Al-Azizia and Avenfield corruption cases.
Recently, the Islamabad High Court granted Sharif bail with protection from arrest till Tuesday.