Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Dubai, UAE, ahead of his highly anticipated return to Pakistan. The three-time prime minister, who has been in self-exile in London for the past four years after being sentenced to prison, is scheduled to go back to Pakistan on October 21 (Saturday). Despite his legal issues, he was allowed to travel back home.
Sharif’s arrival in Dubai was delayed due to an important meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as per sources. He received special treatment upon his arrival at Dubai airport. During his two-day stay in Dubai, he plans to meet a select group of individuals before departing for Pakistan. Around 150 people, including journalists, politicians, and activists, will accompany him on his return to Pakistan via a chartered plane.
Earlier in the day, all legal obstacles were cleared for Sharif’s return. He was granted protective bail in two graft cases, and his arrest warrant in the Toshakhana case was suspended by an accountability court. Sharif had initially traveled to London on November 19, 2019, for medical treatment after falling critically ill in prison. His family alleged that the government and its supporters attempted to poison him. He received treatment in London for four months due to an immune system disorder diagnosed by doctors in Pakistan. Despite the care he received in the country, his condition continued to worsen, leading to the recommendation for treatment abroad.
In 2017, the Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif for life due to his failure to declare a receivable salary, leading to his self-imposed exile in London since 2019, citing health reasons.