Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Lahore for the first time in four years, making the journey from Islamabad. He later traveled to Minar-e-Pakistan by helicopter to address a public gathering of the party.
A chartered plane carried Nawaz, party supporters, leaders, and journalists from Islamabad to Lahore. Nawaz is scheduled to address a rally at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore later this evening, accompanied by senior lawyer Azam Nazeer Tarar and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. Meanwhile, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, along with other party leaders, received his brother at the Lahore Fort.
Nawaz had boarded the chartered flight at Dubai International Airport to return to Pakistan on a special plane. The special flight carrying former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif landed at Islamabad airport earlier today, facing a delay and landing in Islamabad at 1:45 pm instead of the scheduled 12:30 pm.
Maryam Nawaz, addressing a homecoming rally, expressed gratitude to the participants who had gathered from across Pakistan to witness the historic event. She emphasized that this return was a reality check for those who had proclaimed the end of Nawaz Sharif’s political career.
At the venue, Maryam Nawaz responded to slogans of “Sher” by waving to the supporters and raising her fist in the air. She was presented with a traditional Gilgiti cap, becoming emotional while interacting with the supporters.
Nawaz Sharif’s return to Lahore did not create the anticipated rally atmosphere. A significant 80 percent of the rally’s participants had traveled from outside Lahore, and the city continued with its daily routines.
Nawaz Sharif thanked God upon landing in Pakistan, expressing his connection to the soil and commitment to repaying the debts of the nation. His immigration process has been completed, and his legal team has prepared an application to revive appeals against his conviction in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references.
Ishaq Dar clarified media reports regarding Nawaz Sharif’s itinerary, refuting claims that he would first go to his Jati Umra residence. Strict security arrangements were made at the Dubai Airport before Nawaz Sharif’s departure to Pakistan.
The Allama Iqbal International Airport was on high alert for Nawaz Sharif’s arrival, with special arrangements in place. Onboard the special flight, singer Waris Baig sang a political anthem in tribute to Nawaz’s homecoming.
Nawaz Sharif expressed confidence in the Election Commission’s ability to determine the election schedule. He also lamented the country’s situation in his absence and emphasized the need for progress and development.
Nawaz Sharif thanked the people and party workers, stressing his mission to strengthen and empower Pakistan economically. He called for collective efforts for the country’s betterment and expressed his belief in the PML-N’s national reach and success. He alluded to a significant plan he intends to present at Minar-e-Pakistan and emphasized his focus on the greater good rather than seeking revenge.