Rana Sanaullah, PML-N Punjab president, has confirmed that Nawaz Sharif, the party’s leader who has been in exile since 2019, will return to Pakistan on October 21. Sharif, who left for London during his seven-year jail sentence for medical reasons, was later declared an absconder due to his absence from the Al Azizia and Avenfield graft case hearings. Despite speculations, Sanaullah has denied any deal with the military establishment regarding Sharif’s return. Instead, he highlighted that the party’s legal team has arranged for Sharif’s protective bail. He emphasized the party’s trust in the legal system and expected relief for Sharif due to the baselessness of his case.
Nawaz Sharif’s Contributions and Future Aims
Sanaullah lauded Sharif’s contributions to Pakistan, particularly in leading the nation out of crises. Reflecting on Pakistan’s challenges before the 2013 elections, he credited Sharif for guiding the country out of its terrorism struggles. Sharif is set to address the public at Minar-i-Pakistan upon his return, aiming to instil hope and discuss plans to improve common people’s lives. Sanaullah also criticized past political decisions that hindered projects like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He believes that Pakistan can get back on track under Sharif’s leadership.