Shehbaz Sharif arrives Pakistan from London

LAHORE: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif came back to Pakistan early Sunday after a seven-week stay in London.

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Shahbaz, seeking medical treatment in London, was cleared for travel by the doctors.

The PML-N leader landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on board PIA flight PK-758 where he was welcomed by a large number of party leaders and workers.

A day earlier, while leaving for Pakistan from London, Shehbaz undertook to take legal action against the ones spreading groundless news regarding his return to the country.

Speaking to media at the Heathrow airport, the PML-N president said the government had chosen the path of “cruelty and injustice”, adding that all decisions pertaining to a future strategy would be made through consultation with opposition parties.

He said, “baseless news were spread about my return to country. I will take legal action against the ones spreading false news.”

Shahbaz said consultation would be held with opposition parties during a session of the National Assembly on Monday. He added he was prepared to face every action taken against him by the government.

Talking about his brother Nawaz Sharif, the Opposition leader said his brother had a medical history and undergone operations as well, accusing the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of adopting a cold attitude towards his brother, who has thrice been the prime minister of Pakistan.

Shahbaz was handcuffed in the the Ashiana Housing case on October 5, 2018, and released on bail in February by the Lahore High Court. His name was subsequently removed from the exit control list.

The PML-N president left for London in April to visit his grandchildren and to go through a medical check-up, following which doctors advised him not to travel.

On the return of the PML-N president, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday said Shehbaz turned two weeks relief given by the court into two months holiday.

In tweets, Dr Awan expressed anticipation that the opposition leader would face the cases against him. “I hope Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif will face cases and appear before the court regularly after return from London.”

“Shehbaz Sharif had been spotted swiftly roaming on the streets of London and it did not seem that he had any health issue. I hope that now he will not go abroad and attend the courts regularly,” she added.

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