Islamabad (November 02, 2017): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is holding meetings with party aides at Punjab House Islamabad after his arrival from London in the morning.
Earlier, the PML-N chief reached Islamabad in a PIA flight. Upon arrival, he held a short meeting with PML-N leaders, who have turned up to receive him at Airport, at the Rawal Lounge of Benazir Bhutto International Airport.’
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After that he left for Punjab House where is staying today and will appear before the accountability court tomorrow in NAB references. The former prime minister was accorded warm welcome upon arrival at Punjab House. When the motorcade of Nawaz entered Punjab House it was showered with rose petals by PML-N workers and supporters. PML-N leaders and federal ministers including Senator Raja Zafarul Haq, Law Minister Zahid Hamid, Senator Chaudhry Tanveer , Railways Minister Saad Rafique, State Minister for Interior Talal Chaudhry, Amir Muqam, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Senator Pervez Rashid, Anusha Rehman and others are present at Punjab House.
Nawaz Sharif is holding informal consultation with party leaders regarding the overall political situation of the country, NAB cases and party strategy.The ex-PM returned to the country to appear before an accountability court on November 3 while his wife remains under cancer treatment in London.
The aggressive language used by the disqualified prime minister in a TV interview before his departure from the UK capital negated the reports that appeared in the media in the wake of a high level meeting of the ruling PML-N in London on Monday suggesting Sharif had been convinced to give up confrontation with state institutions.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, federal ministers Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal had attended the huddle.“Taking revenge in the name of accountability is unacceptable,” the former premier said in the interview, putting a question mark over the ongoing accountability process against him and his family.
“What scandal have I been found involved in? What’s the issue? What’s the charge sheet?” he said in a reference to his disqualification for not mentioning in his assets declaration the salaries he didn’t receive from the UAE-based company of his son.
“Is it a Haj scandal, IPPs or NICL scandal? What’s the origin of the drama being staged in the name of accountability?”He alleged that cases against him and his family were being fabricated and that the Panama Papers case verdict became a source of embarrassment [for the nation].
Despite all these reservations, Sharif said he would appear before courts to show his respect for the judiciary notwithstanding the ailment of Begum Kulsoom, who needs his presence as per doctors’ advice.
The former first lady underwent a second round of chemotherapy in London on Wednesday.
The ousted prime minister had earlier appeared twice before the accountability court after his pleas for exempting him personal appearances keeping in view the ailment of his wife were rejected.