Rumors about possible return of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have sparked off a heated debate on the country’s already charged political scene with the government and the opposition party camps peddling and defending their own viewpoints. Opposition Leader and PMLN President Shahbaz Sharif Saturday categorically said Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will not return until his full recovery.
In a statement, Shahbaz said Nawaz could legally stay in the United Kingdom until his appeal against the British Home Office’s refusal to extend his visa was decided by the immigration tribunal. According to reports, the British Home Office has rejected Nawaz Sharif’s application for extension in visa.Shahbaz said the PTI government had allowed Nawaz to leave Pakistan for treatment based on the reports of the government’s own medical board, says a news report.”It is inhuman to do politics on the health of a three-time premier.
The government machinery is bent upon defaming Sharif for its politics, which is earning a bad name to the country, Shehbaz said Nawaz Sharif will only return [to Pakistan] after full recovery and doctors in London allowed him to travel back home.The appeal for visa extension was filed with the immigration tribunal here .Meanwhile, PMLN Vice President Maryam Nawaz, in a tweet, said the visa issue had again proved how her father was on the nerves of Khan government members.”This fake government has accepted its defeat from Nawaz Sharif who is the present and future of Pakistan. By targeting a towering personality, the stature of a pygmy cannot be elevated,” she tweeted.
The request for extension in stay was filed with the UK home department on medical grounds on the advice of Nawaz Sharif’s doctors. Talking to reporters, PMLN Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said it was a routine procedure for anyone seeking extension in their stay in the UK and Nawaz Sharif had the right to an appeal in the immigration tribunal.” Nawaz Sharif’s health had deteriorated while being in the custody of NAB and the government headed by Prime Minister Khan insisted that medical reports and tribunals had said they could not treat his ailment in Pakistan.
If the return of Nawaz Sharif becomes apparent, it would signal that a fresh move is underway against the government and the political cards are ready to be reshuffled.