Nawaz Sharif Ends Four-Year Self-Imposed Exile, Returns to Pakistan

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has returned to Pakistan after a four-year self-imposed exile in London. Sharif expressed his confidence in his party’s ability to steer the country out of its current crisis.

Sharif stated that he is returning to Pakistan after being vindicated and that his party is competent enough to shepherd the country out of crisis. He made these remarks while speaking to journalists at Dubai airport ahead of his departure to Pakistan.

The three-time former prime minister is hoping to make a political comeback in the upcoming general elections expected to be held in the last week of January next year. He expressed his belief that his party is in a position to resolve the masses’ woes if elected into power.

In response to a question related to the general elections, Sharif put his weight behind the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He stated, “Only the Election Commission can make a better decision regarding the elections. What the Election Commission thinks is right is my preference on the elections”. He also mentioned that a “fair” Election Commission is in place in the country.

Sharif lamented that the country is currently in a much “worse situation” rather than being in a good position. He said, “The situation in Pakistan is very disturbing and that is very worrying”.

Sharif’s return has been touted for months by the PML-N, whose leaders hope Sharif´s political clout and “man of the soil” swagger will revive its flagging popularity. However, he has a conviction for graft and an unfinished prison sentence hanging over him.

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