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Nawaz Sharif Reaches Islamabad from UK

Islamabad(November 02, 2017): Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Islamabad on Thursday from UK in a Pakistan International Airlines flight. 

The PIA plane, PK-786, carrying the former Prime Minister and others landed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport at 8:20 in the morning.

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Strict security arrangements were made on the occasion at the airport.  Senior PML-N leaders Khuwaja Saad Rafique, Amir Muqam and other received the PML-N chief upon his arrival at the airport.The former Prime Minister held short consultation with the PML-N leadership at the VIP Rawal Lounge.

Later, the former PM went to Punjab House, Islamabad in a convoy. The PM will stay in Punjab House today and will be appearing before the Islamabad accountability court hearing NAB references against him tomorrow.At the last hearing on October 26, the court had issued Nawaz’s bailable arrest warrants.

A number of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers and leaders were at the airport to greet the party president and former premier.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Civil Aviation Authority rejected the NAB request to give them access to run way, when former Prime Minister’s plane arrives.

Sources said that CAA rejected the NAB request to get access to former Prime Minister’s plane at runway. CA has clearly told that no one can be given access to runway and NAB has to wait for former PM outside the airport.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had written a letter to the Islamabad airport’s security chief and manager seeking access to the flight on which deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan on Thursday.

The Airport Security Force’s (ASF) chief security officer at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) manager was requested to provide the graft-buster’s officials access to flight PK-786.

NAB Additional Director (Staff) Muhammad Wasif Bhatti requested the authorities to allow the anti-graft watchdog’s officials and vehicles to use the airport premises and enter the plane.The court issued the warrants on October 26 after Nawaz failed to appear before it in connection with three references filed by NAB.

Issuing the warrants, Judge Muhammad Bashir dismissed Sharif’s application for exemption from personal appearance. The judge issued warrants in two references against Sharif, while in the third reference, he issued notice to a surety giver.

On Monday, Nawaz Sharif held critical discussions with the top party leadership in London on numerous thorny issues that present serious challenges facing the ruling camp. After a lengthy meeting, Sharif decided to return home on November 2, a day before he is scheduled to appear before accountability court.According to a media report, it was decided in the meeting that any minus-Nawaz would not be accepted. The party also opposed any supra constitutional step.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar were all in London to meet the former prime minister.

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