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Nawaz Sharif may soon return from London; Pakistan making all efforts: Imran Khan

Nawaz Sharif will return ahead of the next general elections to run the party’s campaign, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had recently said.

Vani Mehrotra Edited By: Vani Mehrotra @vani_mehrotra New Delhi Published on: August 14, 2022 12:59 IST
Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan
Image Source : AP Efforts underway to bring Nawaz Sharif from London to Pakistan next month: Imran Khan

Highlights

  • A plot is hatched to disqualify me in Toshakhana and the prohibited funding cases, Imran Khan said
  • This is being done to pave way for Nawaz Sharif’s return from London next month, he added
  • Pakistan's election commission is preparing to hold general elections by October

Nawaz Sharif may soon be back in Pakistan as efforts are underway to bring him back from London next month, Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said. The cricketer-turned-politician and the former prime minister of Pakistan also talked about the pressure (from the establishment) to agree on "nullifying Nawaz’s lifetime disqualification" so that he could compete in the next general elections in 2023.

Indirectly referring to the powerful military establishment of the country, Khan said: "A plot is hatched to disqualify me in Toshakhana and the prohibited funding cases to pave way for PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s return from London next month," Imran Khan told a jam-packed party rally at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore on Saturday midnight.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) (PML-N) has made it almost official that its supreme leader Nawaz will return to Pakistan ahead of the next general elections for a "real one-on-one bout" with Khan.  

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah recently declared that Nawaz will return ahead of the next general elections to run the party’s campaign.

“There has been a talk in the party about the return of Nawaz. He is likely to return to Pakistan ahead of the next elections whenever they take place to spearhead the PML-N’s campaign,” Sanaullah said.

According to reports, Pakistan's election commission is preparing to hold general elections by October, one year ahead of schedule.

Sanaullahm, the minister who is considered close to Nawaz further said that “certain amendments” might be made through the Parliament to undo the lifetime disqualification of the three-time premier.

Ousted premier Khan further said under the conspiracy Nawaz will be brought back to Pakistan by the end of September.

“Don't compare me with a dacoit (looter). I want to tell the conspirators to come what may I will not strike any deal," he said.

After Shehbaz Sharif managed to become the premier in April last in the wake of a successful no-confidence motion against Khan, some PML-N leaders are very much excited hoping their party’s supreme leader would now be among them soon. But legal hiccups are said to be the main hurdles in his return plans.

An ailing Nawaz has been living in London since November 2019 for medical treatment after the high court allowed him a four-week reprieve. Nawaz was serving seven-year imprisonment in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore in the Al-Azizia corruption case before his departure.

Prior to his exit, the now-Prime Minister Shehbaz had submitted an undertaking to the Lahore High Court ensuring his elder brother would return “within four weeks or on certification by doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return back to Pakistan”.

In August last year, Nawaz filed an appeal with the British Immigration Tribunal after the Home Department refused to extend his stay in the country on “medical grounds” any further.

Nawaz can legally remain in the UK till the tribunal issues its decision on his plea for his stay in the country. Nawaz's passport expired in February 2021. However, Shehbaz’s government issued a fresh passport to him in April last.

(With inputs from ANI)

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