Maryam Nawaz, the Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), confidently asserted during a public gathering hosted by PML-N Youth Volunteers in Lahore that Nawaz Sharif, the party’s leader, is returning from London with the aim of guiding Pakistan out of its current crises. Putting an end to speculation about his return, Maryam, who also serves as the party’s chief organizer, reaffirmed that the three-time former prime minister will come back to the country on October 21, even more empowered than before.
Last month, former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced the return date of his elder brother. “Nawaz Sharif will arrive in Pakistan on October 21.”
Speculation arose on social media and in mainstream media regarding Nawaz’s return after the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of corruption cases against political leaders following a petition by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan challenging amendments to the country’s accountability laws.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former President Asif Ali Zardari, and former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani are expected to face inquiries following the Supreme Court’s 2-1 verdict overturning certain amendments to the accountability laws.
The President of PML-N later clarified that there was no change in the party leader’s return plan. After thorough deliberations, the former ruling party declared that Nawaz is prepared to face “all kinds of circumstances” upon his return as scheduled.
Nawaz has been in self-imposed exile in London since November 2019 due to health reasons. He was permanently disqualified in 2017 by the Supreme Court for failing to declare a receivable salary.
To prevent Nawaz’s arrest at Lahore airport, PML-N’s legal team will seek bail for him from the Lahore High Court before his arrival, as he has been declared a proclaimed offender.
Last month, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that general elections in the country would take place by the last week of January 2024.
Addressing a political gathering, Maryam emphasized that Nawaz Sharif is returning to lead the nation out of crises, ushering in a new era of progress, peace, and employment for the youth while tackling inflation. She expressed confidence that Nawaz would revive the country’s fragile economy and combat terrorism, asserting that he is the true leader.
She urged the public to welcome Nawaz Sharif at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore.
Maryam noted the numerous attempts to eliminate Nawaz Sharif and mentioned that he left the accountability of his tormentors to the Almighty.
The PML-N leadership has decided to focus its narrative on the economic revival of Pakistan rather than an anti-establishment stance, aiming to avoid unnecessary confrontations. The decision was reached during meetings in London, attended by Nawaz, Shehbaz, Maryam, and other leaders.
The PML-N’s narrative upon Nawaz’s return will emphasize the economy, governance, and public issues, rather than seeking revenge or confrontation with any institution, especially the military establishment. While naming those responsible for their grievances, the party aims to prioritize reconciliation and collaboration over confrontation.
The party believes that a focus on holding individuals accountable could divert attention and perpetuate confrontation, hindering the PML-N’s goals. Most members within the party advocate working with other institutions to bring positive changes to the lives of ordinary citizens and winning elections through peaceful means.
Nawaz Sharif and his colleagues acknowledge that the military establishment and judiciary played a role in his removal from power in 2017, but they prioritize focusing on the future and improving the lives of the people through electoral victory.
Maryam is in alignment with this approach, recognizing the importance of winning elections and delivering for the masses to remain relevant and effective.
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