Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister of Pakistan, has had legal hurdles cleared for his return to the country. He was granted protective bail in two graft cases, and an arrest warrant in the Toshakhana case was suspended by an accountability court.
The Islamabad High Court approved Nawaz Sharif’s bail pleas in Al-Azizia and Avenfield references, granting bail until October 24. This allowed Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan without facing immediate arrest.
The legal developments come as he is set to end his four-year self-imposed exile in London and return to Pakistan on Saturday.
Leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party recently held a press conference in which they raised concerns about former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif receiving special treatment from influential circles in the country.
Even before the elections, the different circles of media projected the ex-PM as the upcoming PM of Pakistan, despite the PMLN’s worst performance in the last 16 months as a key member of PDM Government.
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This has cast doubt on the fairness of the entire election process. The handling of his graft cases and arrest warrants has raised questions in the Pakistani media and political community.
It is widely known that Nawaz Sharif left Pakistan nearly four years ago due to health reasons, but it became evident that he was in good health and had a political agenda during his stay in the UK.
Shehbaz Sharif tweets on this development:
The elected Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was disqualified based on a fictitious and fabricated story. He was implicated in absurd cases and subjected to mistreatment. Any fair hearing would have established his innocence. Bail is a fundamental right, and we welcome the IHC…
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 19, 2023
Former Minister of Finance, Ishaq Dar:
Mian Nawaz Sharif will reach Islamabad in the afternoon of Saturday 21st October 2023 and will later leave for Lahore to address the Jalsa at Minar-e-Pakistan, InnshaAllah.
— Ishaq Dar (@MIshaqDar50) October 19, 2023