PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif is set to return to Pakistan in October, as confirmed by party President Shehbaz Sharif during a meeting in London. While Shehbaz affirmed no specific date, family sources indicated an expected return on October 15. The initial plan was for a mid-September return, but party loyalists recommended waiting until October due to the harsh weather in September. This delay isn’t related to the Election Commission of Pakistan’s announcement but is aligned with the advice that mid-October would be more conducive for political gatherings.
Despite the conclusion of Nawaz’s Europe and Middle East tour three weeks prior, internal party advice suggests waiting after the retirement of the current Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Atta Bandial, who has faced accusations from the PML-N of favouring PTI and aiding Imran Khan.
Recently, Nawaz criticized the judiciary, singling out CJP Bandial, former CJP Saqib Nisar, and others, accusing them of bias and working against him. He also cited testimonials from insiders like Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, highlighting their alleged agendas.
In response to the recent judicial interventions favouring Khan, Nawaz voiced his disappointment, referencing Imran Khan’s negative influence on the country and the judiciary’s seeming endorsement of it. He emphasized previous allegations, hinting at military involvement in bolstering Khan’s political standing.
Nawaz moved to London in November 2019 due to critical health issues. He underwent treatment in London, and his ailment was diagnosed as an immune system disorder, prompting his overseas medical attention after his condition did not improve in Pakistan.