Shehbaz says will return home soon


A day after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif turned himself in after the expiry of his bail period, his brother and the party president Shehbaz Sharif has claimed that he will soon return to the country.

Shehbaz, who heads Pakistan’s biggest political party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), left the country for London on the account of medical treatment after his name was removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) on the orders of the Lahore High Court.

In a statement issued, Shehbaz, in an apparent reference to former president Pervez Musharraf, said the people who wanted to see them [Sharifs] run away have run away themselves.

Addressing his brother’s return to jail, he said it was a mark of his courage and valour. He has once again proven that he is not someone who would run away from accusations out of fear, said Shehbaz.

He said the people making false accusations against him will be uncovered in time. No jail’s doors can keep Nawaz Sharif away from the people for long, he said.

Shehbaz stirred a controversy after he reportedly stepped down from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship, followed by a major party reshuffle. His action had given rise to rumours that the former chief minister had struck a deal with the powers-that-be. However, PML-N denies any NRO-like deal.