Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is slated to make his return to Pakistan from London on October 21. This announcement comes as he prepares to lead the political campaign for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the upcoming elections, according to statements by his younger brother and former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The decision was made following a pivotal meeting of top PML-N leaders, with Nawaz Sharif himself presiding over the discussions in London.
Nawaz Sharif has been in exile in London since November 2019. In a landmark ruling in 2017, the Pakistan Supreme Court disqualified him for life due to his failure to declare a receivable salary.
The meeting in London was attended by prominent PML-N figures, including Suleman Shehbaz, Hassan Nawaz, former federal minister Khawaja Asif, Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan, and Nasir Janjua.
During the meeting, various topics took center stage, including the party’s election strategy, Nawaz’s impending return, and the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) stance on the elections.
The confirmation of Nawaz Sharif’s return comes after his own public statement last week, where he conveyed his plans to return to Pakistan in October during an interaction with party workers and supporters at Stanhope House.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif echoed his brother’s declaration, emphasizing that Nawaz Sharif’s return in October signifies a pivotal moment. He affirmed that upon his arrival, Nawaz Sharif would spearhead the election campaign and willingly confront any legal proceedings initiated in Pakistan.
Marriyum Aurangzeb also announced the news of Sharif’s return on X.
سابق وزیراعظم اور پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ن) کے صدر شہباز شریف کا اہم بیان
معمار پاکستان اور رہبر عوام محمد نواز شریف 21 اکتوبر کو وطن واپس تشریف لائیں گے
محسن عوام محمد نواز شریف کا وطن آمد پر فقید المثال استقبال کیا جائے گا انشاءاللہ
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) September 12, 2023
After Imran Khan was unconstitutionally ousted by the power center in April 2022, all cases against Nawaz Sharif and his family members were dismissed by the accountability organizations.
With Imran Khan now in jail for bogus cases, PMLN leaders are expecting to regain their position in the political landscape of Pakistan.