Ending his four years of self-imposed exile, the three-time Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Saturday.
He is expected to make a political comeback ahead of the elections. The 73-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo flew in a chartered plane from Dubai to Islamabad. The flight was named “Umeed-e-Pakistan”. Some family members, senior party leaders and friends accompanied him in the plane.
Sharif will address a homecoming rally at Greater Iqbal Park in Islamabad. More than 7,000 police were deployed at the spot to control the crowd.
PML-N plans to use Sharif’s political clout as its trump card in the coming elections. But Sharif has a conviction for corruption and an unfinished prison sentence pending against him.
Earlier this week, the Islamabad High Court granted protective bail to Sharif until Tuesday, eradicating the threat of immediate arrest after reaching Pakistan.