Tuesday Apr 12, 2022
PML-N senior leader Mian Javed Latif said Monday that former prime minister and party supremo Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan after Eid, Geo News reported.
The PML-N supremo left for London in November 2019 following his illness as then Prime Minister Imran Khan had permitted him to go abroad for medical treatment.
In 2018, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, while he was also sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped an £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference.
Subsequently, in 2019, the Lahore High Court (LHC) after suspending his sentence, allowed Nawaz to go abroad for medical treatment.
Speaking on Geo News programme Aapas Ki Baat, PML-N senior leader Javed Latif said that Nawaz will return to Pakistan after Eid as currently there is no pandemic in the country.
Latif further said that after coming to Pakistan, Nawaz will face the cases against him.
“He [Nawaz Sharif] will face the courts and rule of law, but we expect neither should anyone should be treated as ladla [favourite] nor should anyone have to face brutality,” he added.
News of Nawaz's return to Pakistan has surfaced shortly after the PML-N supremo's younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, was elected the 23rd premier of Pakistan Monday.
PM Shehbaz secured 174 votes as opposed to PTI's candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.
The poll took place under the chairmanship of MNA Ayaz Sadiq, two days after the lower house of Parliament voted in favour of removing Imran Khan from office, following a nearly 14-hour standoff between the Opposition and Khan's ruling party that started on Saturday morning.