The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to stay in UK and not to return back to Pakistan to surrender before the Islamabad High Court. The IHC give September 09 as the dead line to former PM to came back and surrender before the court. The PML-N supremo decided to stay in UK to complete the medical treatment he needs.
One reason of this decision is his illness. He has multiple diseases which needs proper medical treatment. His illness is genuine and his medical reports were not tempered as PTI ministers and media spin masters trying to give the impression.
He was seriously ill when admitted in the hospital in Lahore. He was able to fly out of country when his condition was stablised. This decision is not surprising at all. It was expected because he is not willing to go back to prison to face the hardships of imprisonment. Nawaz Sharif thinks that there is no political urgency in Pakistan that demands his immediate return. This decision is based on political reasons. PML-N and Nawaz Sharif believes that it is not right time for the return of former premier. Their policy seems to be to wait and see.
PML-N wants to wait till the political situation becomes relatively favorable or safer for his return. He will be willing to go to prison for a short period on his return. But he is not interested to rot in the prison for years.
PML-N is justifying this decision on medical grounds. PML-N is arguing that Nawaz Sharif’s treatment was delayed due to coronavirus spread in UK. Former PM has filed review petition in IHC against its earlier order to surrender before the court.
Former PM has filed review petition in IHC against its earlier order to surrender before the court. PML-N supremo has attached medical reports and experts opinion of his doctors from UK and America. The doctors have advised him not to travel in these medical conditions. Now IHC will decide the future course of this legal battle tomorrow September 10. The 8 weeks bail granted by IHC has been expired.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to London for medical treatment from his London based doctors who conducted several cardiac procedures in the past. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) grant 8 weak long bail on medical grounds. The Lahore High Court bench allowed the Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for medical treatment. The Court directed the applicant to approach Punjab government to extend the stay abroad. Federal government removed Nawaz Sharif’s name from Exit Control List (ECL) to allow him to leave the country.
It all happened almost 10 months ago. There was a silence on this front for more than 09 months. Suddenly, a picture of Nawaz Sharif walking on the street in London along with his son went viral. The government ministers including Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted strongly on this picture and raised questions on the illness of Nawaz Sharif. Some ministers even said that medical reports of Nawaz Sharif were tempered. His illness was not as serious as the reports shown.
The question is that why the government all of a sudden becomes so keen to bring him back. Why the government which remained silent about Nawaz Sharif’s health and treatment suddenly sprang into action and announced to use all the legal means possible to bring the former prime minister back to Pakistan to serve the remaining period of his jail sentence.
There seem two reasons for this sudden change of mood of PTI government. One reason seems to be the decision of the Nawaz Sharif to play the role of an aggressive opposition. The phone calls made by Nawaz Sharif to Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari regarding the All Parties Conference (APC) of opposition parties did not went well with PTI government. Government is not seems happy over the political activity of former prime minister. When Nawaz Sharif was silent in London, PTI government remained silent on his long absence from Pakistan. As soon as he started playing active role in the party, the government suddenly realized that Nawaz Sharif went abroad on tampered medical reports.
Mian Nawaz Sharif wants convening of a multi-party conference APC of the opposition at the earliest. Now the APC will take place on September 20 at Zardari house in Islamabad. The former prime minister thinks that the time has come to take on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government more aggressively. For this purpose, the PML-N leadership will have to charge up workers to play its part in any joint opposition move in coming days.
The Nawaz Sharif has conveyed to the party leadership in Pakistan to ‘fully cooperate’ with the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief in this regard. The PML-N is ready to fully cooperate with Maulana Fazlur Rehman and will not disappoint him this time.
The Maulana Fazal is not happy with the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party for ‘ditching’ him last minute before his party’s Islamabad sit-in in October last year and for recently extending support to the PTI government on FATF-related legislation.
PML-N leadership believes that PM Imran Khan is using NAB to put pressure on them. They believe that establishment is not behind the recent case of land transfer against Maryam Nawaz. That is why, PML-N decided to show street power to NAB and Government.
Since there was no violation of ‘understanding’ with the powers that be from Maryam Nawaz after her father’s departure to London in November last, the new land acquisition case against her has been initiated at the behest of PM Khan, who is not in a mood to spare the Sharif family,” said a PML-N insider, adding that the Sharifs were not sure if the powers that be had any role in opening a new NAB investigation against Maryam Nawaz.
As per ‘understanding’ between the powers that be and the Sharif family, Maryam Nawaz was to proceed to London to look after her father, but PM Khan’s reported annoyance over Nawaz Sharif’s departure prevented her from leaving the country. However, there are reports that Maryam Nawaz has stayed in the country to see through the ‘understanding’ with Nawaz Sharif.
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