Islamabad (September 25, 2017) Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif reached Islamabad from London early Monday morning to face NAB cases.
Nawaz’s return to Pakistan put to rest all the speculations that he fled the country to avoid accountability process and will not return in near future.
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He had about a month ago to see his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
Nawaz Sharif took a PIA flight from London in the early hours of Monday and arrived in Islamabad at around 7:30am.
National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, PML-N information secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi and other party leaders received Nawaz Sharif at Benazir Bhutto International Airport.After his arrival in Islamabad airport, Nawaz went straight to Punjab House.
The former Prime Minister is expected to hold an informal meeting with the PML-N leadership at Punjab House later in the day for consultations on his appearance before the accountability court.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is also in London for consultations on political matters, visited his elder brother’s residence to see him off.The younger Sharif told the media that the decision to return was not taken spontaneously, but had been in the works for some time.
Speaking to reporters before leaving for the airport, the former prime minister said he came to London to inquire after the health of his wife.In his remarks, Sharif continued to question the court’s decision to disqualify him. “We did not commit any corruption. If this was about Panama [Papers], then why was I disqualified for holding an Iqama?”
Expressing dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court’s handling of his review petitions, Sharif said he had never thought of not returning to Pakistan.Sharif has been summoned in three corruption references, filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on September 26, 2017. No one from his side, family member or legal counsel, appeared before the accountability court in Islamabad during the hearing of the case on September 19.