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Nawaz Sharif to Return to Pakistan on October 21, Says Shehbaz

Shehbaz dismisses legal hurdles

Shehbaz Sharif, the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has said that there is no legal obstacle to the return of his brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in London since November 2019. Shehbaz said that Nawaz will arrive in Pakistan on October 21 by the will of Allah and address a public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore.

Shehbaz made these remarks during a press conference in Lahore on Friday, where he also highlighted the achievements of his government during the 16 months that he led the country after the ouster of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in April last year. He said that his government tried to solve the problems of the country and avoided a default on its debts. He also said that he negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide low-cost fuel to motorcyclists, but the proposal was rejected by the lender.

Shehbaz urged the people not to lose hope and said that good times are ahead for the country. He said that Nawaz is coming back not to take revenge but to rescue the country from crisis and to resume the journey towards prosperity.

Nawaz faces legal challenges

Nawaz Sharif, who served as the prime minister of Pakistan three times, was disqualified for life by the Supreme Court in 2017 for not declaring a receivable salary. He was also convicted in two corruption cases and sentenced to prison. However, he was granted bail on medical grounds and allowed to travel abroad for treatment.

Nawaz has been living in London since then and has not returned to Pakistan despite several court orders and government requests. He has also been declared a proclaimed offender by the courts and his passport has been cancelled by the authorities.

According to party sources, Nawaz’s legal team has completed preparations to seek protective bail from the court ahead of his arrival. The plan was devised after consultations among the party’s top leaders, including Shehbaz, PML-N Chief Organiser Maryam Nawaz, and Vice President Hamza Shehbaz.

Nawaz is expected to unveil a new narrative to his party workers and supporters in his address at Minar-e-Pakistan, which was suggested by Maryam. Initially, Shehbaz, Maryam, and other party leaders were also scheduled to speak at the event, but it was later decided that Nawaz will be the only speaker.

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