Ex-PM Sharif returns to Pakistan for court hearing

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Sharif, who left for London a few weeks ago to see his ailing wife, landed at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 8.20 am.

A four-member NAB team was scheduled to serve court summons to Sharif upon his arrival, but the former Prime Minister immediately left for Punjab House where he is expected to address a meeting of party workers today.

Sharif and his supporters have denied the allegations and hinted at a political conspiracy driven by the powerful military.

He said in the Panama Papers case, Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on having an Iqama but not on corruption charges.


"This case in the National Accountability Bureau is highly bogus and fake, which doesn't have links to corruption", he told Geo TV, comparing the process to charges laid against him after General Pervez Musharraf seized power in 1999.

He said Nawaz Sharif had taken every possible step for the development of the country and he had streghtened the country's economy during his period, adding that global community was acknowledging the PML-N government policies. However, the IHC did not issue detailed verdict and Mr Sharif's lawyer asked the court to adjourn the hearing till a comprehensive judgement.

The anti-graft court last month rejected an application by Sharif that since all three cases deals with assets beyond means, so they should be taken up as a single case. He asserted the PML-N struggled for the freedom of judiciary.

This week, however, two party insiders said the leadership had decided that Shahbaz Sharif, the former premier's brother, was likely to be the party's candidate for prime minister next year.

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