Former Pakistan PM Sharif wins appeal against exile

Pakistan's Supreme Court said Thursday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif can return home after seven years in exile imposed by arch foe President Pervez Musharraf.

Former Pakistan PM Sharif wins appeal against exile
Sharif's supporters danced jubilantly outside the court in Islamabad after the verdict was announced, chanting "Go Musharraf, go!" "Musharraf is a dog!" and "Long live Nawaz Sharif".

Sharif was ousted in October 1999 by Musharraf, who had him sentenced to life in prison on hijacking, tax evasion and treason charges. He and his brother Shahbaz went into exile in Saudi Arabia the following year.

"The Sharifs can return to Pakistan unhindered," Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said in his judgement. "They had an inalienable right to return and remain in the country as citizens of Pakistan."

Chaudhry added: "Their safe return will not be restricted or hampered by the federal governments or provincial governments or any other agencies in any manner."

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