Lahore, Pakistan – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to return to Pakistan to lead the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in the upcoming provincial elections. Sharif, who is currently in London, is looking to travel back to chair the PML-N’s parliamentary board in order to finalize candidates for the elections.
According to a report by Geo News, the country’s interior minister made the remark on Sharif’s return while interacting with reporters in London. The speculation of Sharif’s return has been fueled by the dissolution of the provincial assemblies of Khyber Paktunkhwa and Punjab, which were ruled by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
As Sharif is likely to address public meetings across the two provinces, the news of his return has been shared by his daughter, Mariam Nawaz, who also happens to be the party’s vice president. She is set to return to Pakistan on January 28th. The senior leadership of the PML-N has decided to bring back Mariam Nawaz to the political sphere in Pakistan.
However, Sharif’s return is not without its challenges. He is a convicted criminal and must serve his sentence upon his return. He also plans to challenge his conviction. The timing of his return is uncertain and may depend on the treatment meted out to the current Prime Minister Imran Khan, who may be disqualified soon on multiple charges.
The return of Sharif is seen as crucial for the PML-N, as his persona is considered to be the dominant majority of the party’s votes. The party believes that his return is necessary to mobilize voters in support of the PML-N in the provinces of Khyber Paktunkhwa and Punjab, which constitute 65% of Pakistan’s seats.
In the past year, Pakistan has faced a difficult situation with rampant inflation, rising unemployment, and the country being pushed to the brink of financial default. This has made it an extremely difficult situation for any leader to handle. Keeping this in view, the party may have decided to ask Sharif to return to lead the election campaign, particularly in Punjab, as it constitutes almost 65% of Pakistan, and any party that wins Punjab essentially wins Pakistan because of the 65% of seats that come from the province.
The PML-N has been facing a lot of challenges since seizing power in April last year. The party has taken a lot of beating, together with the Pakistan People’s Party. The focus of the party would be to get Sharif to lead the election campaign in order to mobilize voters in support of the party.
However, the return of Sharif is not without its challenges. The government and the Judiciary will have to take into account the fact that he is a convicted criminal, and that his return may lead to a difficult situation. The military establishment will also have a role to play in managing the situation that arises upon his arrival.
It remains to be seen whether Sharif will return and whether his return will have any impact on the upcoming elections. The political arena in Pakistan is currently in a state of flux, and the return of Sharif may add to the uncertainty. However, one thing is for certain, the PML-N is pinning its hopes on Sharif’s return to lead the party to victory in the upcoming elections.