Nawaz Sharif will return in Sept, claims Javed Latif

Federal minister Javed Latif said Monday that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif will return to the country in September to represent the people.

In a press conference alongside PML-N Punjab spokesperson Azma Bukhari, Latif said that the “doctors” have announced their decision and Nawaz will come back in line with their call.

“The doctors change their opinion with time. The people are his doctors; the nation has announced its decision that Nawaz Sharif should come back,” Latif said.

In 2018, an accountability court sentenced Nawaz to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, while he was also sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and slapped an £8 million fine (Rs1.3 billion) in the Avenfield properties reference.

“Quaid-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan was shot and to date, nobody knows who shot him; Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah was declared a traitor, and General Ayub Khan stole her elections; Nawaz Sharif was declared a highjacker and sentenced.”

He also took a jibe at former chief justice Saqib Nisar, saying that Khan alone isn’t the “criminal”, but the judge was also hands-in-gloves with him — as he gave him the certificate of “sadiq and amin”.

However, Latif noted that the PML-N always “respected” the judiciary.

A timeline of Nawaz’s case

On the night between October 21 and 22, 2019, Nawaz Sharif’s condition deteriorated and he was shifted to a hospital.

On October 25, Nawaz Sharif was granted bail on medical grounds in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

On October 26, Nawaz Sharif was granted interim bail on humanitarian grounds in the Al-Azizia reference.

On October 26, Nawaz Sharif suffered a mild heart attack, Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid confirmed the development.

On October 29, Nawaz Sharif’s sentence was suspended for two months on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia reference.

He was discharged from Nawaz Sharif Services Hospital and was shifted to Jati Umra.

On November 8, Shahbaz Sharif requested the Interior Ministry remove Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

On November 12, the federal cabinet gave Nawaz Sharif conditional permission to leave the country.

On November 14, the PML-N challenged the condition of the indemnity bond in the Lahore High Court.

On November 16, the Lahore High Court allowed Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for medical treatment.

On November 19, 2019, Nawaz Sharif left for London for his treatment.