Exiled former Pakistani PM Sharif ready to return

The date of Sept. 10 is appropriate for exiled former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to return and he is ready to face the charges after returning home, a local TV channel DAWN NEWS quoted the chairman of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Raja

Exiled former Pakistani PM Sharif ready to return
The date of Sept. 10 is appropriate for exiled former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to return and he is ready to face the charges after returning home, a local TV channel DAWN NEWS quoted the chairman of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Raja Zafar Haq as saying on Wednesday.

Sharif, who is also the leader of PML-N, will return before Ramadan and Sept. 10 is an appropriate date, Raja Zafar Haq said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that Sharif and his family were allowed to return according to a Supreme Court verdict on Aug. 23.

He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed good relations and Sharif had no political involvement in Saudi Arabia.

The Attorney General Malik Muhammad Qayyum on Aug. 24 said Sharif would likely be arrested after his return because a Special Accountability Court had earlier reopened three corruption charges against Sharif and some of his family members.

The official sources of Saudi Arabia said the Pakistani media reports about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia showing satisfaction and support for the return of Sharif and his family to Pakistan were baseless and not true, according to a report of Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday.

The report also said that wisdom demanded Sharif commit himself to the promises he made. Namely, he should not return to Pakistan and participate in political activities.

Sharif was twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms. He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2000 on charges of hijacking and terrorism after General Pervez Musharraf staged a bloodless coup in the country. The Pakistani government agreed to commute his sentence from life in prison to exile in Saudi Arabia.

Agencies
Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2007, 10:34
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