Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan to face charges in Panama Papers scandal

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan from London on Monday, a month after he went to the UK to be with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing cancer treatment.

Sharif arrived at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad at 7.30 am where he was received by senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party leaders, Dawn News reported.

The ousted Prime Minister is expected to hold an informal meeting with the PML-N leadership for consultations on his appearance before the accountability court. Speaking to the media before departing for Islamabad on Sunday night, Sharif said he came to London to inquire after the health of his wife.

In his remarks, Sharif continued to question the court’s decision to disqualify him. “We did not commit any corruption. If this was about Panama (Papers), then why was I disqualified for holding an Iqama (work permit for UAE)?” Expressing dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s handling of his review petitions, Sharif said he had never thought of not returning to Pakistan.



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