Thursday, PML-N MNA Javed Latif claimed that Mian Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan this year. He also said he will become the Prime Minister for the fourth time.
While addressing the media after his appearance in National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Latif said Nawaz Sharif cannot stay abroad due to the crisis in Pakistan. In PML-N terms, the crisis is PM Khan and his government.
“Nawaz Sharif cannot stay abroad any longer because of crises in Pakistan. He will return this year and lead the nation even if his treatment is not complete,” Javed Latif said.
He also said that those who disqualified Nawaz Sharif have no other option other than bringing him back.
“Nawaz Sharif will become prime minister for the fourth time,” Javed Latif further claimed.
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PML-N does damage control
Javed Latif’s confidence over Nawaz Sharif’s return did not go unnoticed. Immediately after, PML-N denied his claims.
When contacted PML-N central spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said: “PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif will return when doctors will give a clean bill of health allowing him to travel and when the party decides.”
Moreover, last month PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif ruled out the return of Nawaz Sharif to the country until his ‘full recovery.’ He also asserted that he could legally stay in the UK till the British immigration tribunal decided his appeal against the home department’s refusal to extend his visa.
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Will the UK deport Nawaz Sharif?
Interesting to note, Nawaz Sharif is not returning to Pakistan for the love of his people. It is highly likely that Mian Nawaz Sharif will be deported from the UK. Last month, he filed for a visa extension after his six-month visit visa expired. However, the authorities rejected his request.
In the UK, a non-UK resident cannot live in the UK for more than six months at a time. Therefore, Nawaz Sharif had been applying for — and receiving — extensions in his stay. The UK authorities denied his latest application for extension filed through a lawyer.
As a result, Nawaz Sharif’s legal team applied for an appeal. If that is turned down as well, then they will approach British courts.
Furthermore, Nawaz Sharif’s passport expired in February. Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed confirmed the news. He also said, “Nawaz Sharif is no longer a citizen of Pakistan.”
He said after the expiry, Nawaz did not even apply for a renewal.
With an expired passport, and rejected visa extension, Nawaz Sharif’s future in the UK seems in jeopardy.
Even Aitzaz Ahsan, a renowned politician, and lawyer said during an interview that Nawaz Sharif may need to seek asylum in other countries.
According to Aitzaz Ahsan, the UK’s rejection of Nawaz Sharif’s visa extension is a very serious matter, and the process of an appeal will take three to four months. However, if the appeal too gets dismissed, then Nawaz can go to other countries, provided they accept him without a passport.