Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan today after four years in London. His flight from Dubai to Islamabad is called “Umeed-e-Pakistan” by his party. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who had been removed from office and declared a fugitive, has returned to Pakistan on Saturday afternoon after four years of voluntary exile for medical reasons. Members of the PML-N legal team, including former Law Minister Senator Azam Tarar and party leaders, are at the airport to welcome him.
Nawaz Sharif went to London for medical treatment on November 19, 2019, when the government, led by Imran Khan at the time, allowed him to leave the country for four weeks. He had a health condition while serving a seven-year jail sentence related to the Al-Azizia sugar mills case in December 2018.
In July 2018, Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield case, but later the Islamabad High Court suspended the sentence.
Nawaz Sharif is expected to arrive in Lahore and speak to his party’s leaders and supporters at Minar-e-Pakistan, now known as Greater Iqbal Park. Convoy processions, led by different party leaders from around the country, are on their way to Minar-e-Pakistan to warmly welcome their leader.
Heavy police presence has been arranged in Lahore to ensure security for the PML-N and its leadership. Hundreds of police constables will be present at the Minar-e-Pakistan event, and the party has already obtained permission from the local administration.