Suleman Shehbaz lands in Pakistan after four years of self-exile

Suleman Shahbaz touches down in Islamabad from Saudi Arabia; leaves for Lahore via private plane

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Suleman Shahbaz, son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. — AFP/File
Suleman Shahbaz, son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. — AFP/File

  • Suleman Shahbaz reaches Pakistan. 
  • He landed in Islamabad in Sunday's wee hours. 
  • Later, he left for Lahore aboard a private plane.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's son, Suleman Shehbaz has landed in Pakistan after spending over four years of self-exile in the United Kingdom, Geo News reported.

Suleman touched down in Islamabad from Saudi Arabia via a foreign airline flight SV726 early hours of Sunday. Later, he took another flight to reach Lahore.

Before reaching Pakistan, PM Shehbaz's son performed Umrah with his wife and children. 

Suleman secured protective bail from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) earlier this week until December 13. The court has barred authorities from arresting him until then.

Suleman flew to London from Pakistan ahead of the 2018 general elections when the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) registered several cases against him.

He was also named in several cases along with his father, the current prime minister, his brother Hamza Shahbaz, and other Sharif family members.

The Assets Recovery Unit (ARU), headed by then-prime minister Imran Khan’s former accountability aide Shahzad Akbar, had Suleman investigated in London in Shahbaz's money-laundering and misuse of public office cases by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

However, he was given a clean chit after two years of investigation by the UK’s top anti-corruption sleuths.

Suleman has claimed that he was forced to leave Pakistan after fake and manipulated cases were registered against him and his family in order to facilitate a new political order.

He said that nobody goes into exile, leaving their homeland behind, out of their free will and it's only under unfair circumstances that he was left with no choice but to "leave Pakistan for safety."

“There was no chance of any justice at that time when a whole system was put in place to bring in the hybrid system, displacing us as a family and as a political party. The whole system was based on injustice and this system relied on lies, manipulations and victimisation. The whole system was geared to target us using fake cases and using the state machinery.”

He said in a statement from Madinah: “These cases were the worst example of political witch-hunt and political victimisation. There was no truth and not a scintilla of evidence of corruption in the cases cooked up by the National Accountability Bureau under former NAB chairman Javed Iqbal and the Assets Recovery Unit."