LONDON: In a significant development, former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is making a swift return to London, carrying a special message for his brother and the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, despite Nawaz’s arrival in Lahore a day earlier.
Private TV Channel Sources have informed that Shehbaz is scheduled to arrive in London on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz is also planning to reach the British capital on Thursday afternoon to meet her father.
According to a reliable insider, Shehbaz Sharif’s return to London is motivated by an important message intended for Nawaz Sharif. The source revealed that discussions between Nawaz, Maryam, and Shehbaz are slated to take place regarding the PML-N supremo’s return to Pakistan on October 21.
The source emphasized that there has been no alteration in the plan for Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan, stating, “Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan remains unchanged.”
Previously, Shehbaz had departed from London for Pakistan on Monday night after spending a month in the British capital, during which he held meetings with Nawaz and other party members.
During his stay in London, Shehbaz had disclosed the date of his elder brother’s return to Pakistan in preparation for the upcoming elections to lead the PML-N’s political campaign in the country.
As Shehbaz had announced earlier, “Nawaz Sharif will arrive in Pakistan on October 21.” This announcement came after a meeting of the PML-N’s top leadership led by Nawaz in London.
Following Geo News’ revelation of Nawaz’s return date, Shehbaz made the announcement in a press conference, accompanied by his brother, Khawaja Asif, Malik Muhammad Ahmed, Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, and Barrister Danyal.
Speaking to the media after the high-level party meeting in London, Shehbaz noted that the date for Nawaz’s return had been finalized after consultations with party members.
He further credited Nawaz for Pakistan’s acquisition of nuclear capabilities, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and the end of 20-hour electricity load-shedding in the country. Shehbaz quoted Nawaz as having returned with gratitude the package that was offered to him in exchange for not pursuing Pakistan’s nuclear development, emphasizing that Pakistan’s interests far outweighed any financial considerations.
Shehbaz also lamented that if the momentum of Pakistan’s progress in various sectors between 2013 and 2018 had not been disrupted by the flawed elections of 2018, the country would have made even greater strides in development. He argued that Nawaz was not deprived of power; rather, it was the people of Pakistan who were deprived of development and prosperity when Nawaz was removed from office on unfounded grounds in 2017.