Nawaz Sharif’s Return to Pakistan: PML-N Leader Ends Over Four-Year Exile
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif set to return to Pakistan from London on October 21, marking the self-imposed exile. This return is significant for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as he plans to lead the party’s political campaign in the upcoming elections.
Announcement by Shehbaz Sharif Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother and former Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, confirmed his return date and the party’s preparations for a grand welcome.
Background and Exile Nawaz Sharif, aged 73, left Pakistan for London in November 2019 for medical treatment after granted temporary permission. However, he remained in the UK, avoiding conviction and imprisonment in Pakistan.
Conviction and Legal Issues Nawaz Sharif faced convictions in the Al-Azizia Mills and Avenfield corruption cases in 2018. Legal proceedings are still pending, and his appeals against the convictions are in progress.
Shehbaz Sharif’s Statements Shehbaz Sharif has stated that Nawaz Sharif could become the next Prime Minister if the PML-N secures victory in the general elections.
Delay in Return Plans Originally, Nawaz Sharif has expected to return September, but the Election Commission Pakistan’s decision to conduct a fresh delimitation constituencies and concerns about extreme heat led to a mid-October return date.
Political Significance Nawaz Sharif’s return highly anticipated, considered a major political figure capable mobilizing voters the PML-N. His presence expected to have a significant impact on the upcoming elections.