Shehbaz Sharif reaches Pakistan


LONDON (DNA) – Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif reached Pakistan after two months on Sunday morning amidst beefed up security.The PML-N president arrived in Lahore from London via PIA flight. Party workers in large numbers welcomed Shehbaz Sharif at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, and showered flower petals on him.300 police officials were deployed at the airport and on the route including Mall Road, Charing Cross, Regal Chowk, Kalma Chowk and Model Town.Shehbaz Sharif had gone to London on April 10 for medical examination and also celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr there. His son – Salman Shahbaz – had announced the date of his arrival in Pakistan in a tweet.After Shehbaz Sharif’s arrival, PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb took to Twitter and wrote that Shehbaz Sharif has landed in Pakistan, it is now time for Prime Minister Imran Khan to get worried.Earlier, the opposition leader said he is medically fit and all of his tests are clear. While talking to media at Heathrow Airport ahead of his return to country, he said the Joint opposition would devise future strategy with consultations. He said they would launch a protest inside parliament.It is pertinent to mention here that Shehbaz’s defense counsel, in Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme cases against him, had given June 11 as the deadline to the court for his return.On May 25, his defense counsel had told the court that his client was out of country for medical reasons. The court was pleaded for a 14-day exemption from his personal appearance and a written application was filed to this effect.Shahbaz was released on post-arrest bail in the housing scheme case, while Hamza was on pre-arrest bail in the sugar mills case.All the accused persons had already been indicted in Ramzan Sugar Mills case. Shehbaz, Hamza and his brother Salman Shehbaz had been indicted for building a drainage system, a 10-km nullah for draining of water from the mill, by misusing the authority and misappropriating Rs21 million of public funds for their benefit, for which they pleaded not guilty.