Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan this year, become PM for 4th time, claims PML-N’s Javed Latif

Statesman Report

LAHORE: PML-N MNA Javed Latif said on Thursday that party supremo Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan this year and will become prime minister for the fourth time.

Talking to reporters outside the NAB office in Lahore, he said there were two reasons Nawaz could return to Pakistan. "Nawaz Sharif cannot stay abroad after seeing Pakistanis stuck in this crisis. He is coming here to lead the nation himself. Even if [his] treatment is not complete, he is definitely coming to make up for the treatment being meted out to the nation."

Latif said there was another "solution" in which those who "disqualified him, ended his government and [caused] the crisis that Pakistan is stuck in for the last three years" would "plead" with the former prime minister to return since he was the only one who could take the country out of the crisis.

The PML-N MNA questioned why Nawaz was brought back in 2013 and why he was "allowed" to be elected even if people had already voted for him. "The way he was elected in 2013 [...] conditions are moving towards a situation where those who let him leave are not regretting it but are helpless. If there is a well-wisher of Pakistan, he can see that the country's problems will not go away without Nawaz Sharif," he claimed.

Nawaz has been living in London since November 2019 after he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.

In December last year, the PML-N supremo was declared a proclaimed offender in two cases — Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia — by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to appear before the court. The government had subsequently decided to cancel his passport.

Last month, the UK Home Office rejected Nawaz's request for an extension in his visa, following which the PML-N supremo's lawyers filed an appeal in the British Immigration Tribunal.