Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave from London for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to perform Umrah before returning to Pakistan next week. This proposed return of Pakistan will end their four-year-long “self-exile”. A senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz gave this information on Tuesday. Senator Irfan Siddiqui told reporters that the PML-N supremo will perform Umrah (pilgrimage to Mecca) and spend time with his son Hussain Sharif during his stay here. Siddiqui said, “I have no news of his meeting with the royal family…but he will perform Umrah, spend time with his son…most of his time will be spent in Madinah.”
He said Sharif, 73, would leave for the UAE two days before his expected arrival in Pakistan on October 21. “He will rest there and is also expected to meet some party leaders,” he said. Asked about media reports that Sharif would visit China and Qatar, Siddiqui said no such visit was scheduled before October 21. Talking about Sharif’s proposed speech after landing in Lahore, Siddiqui said, “But let me tell you one thing, his speech will not be like that of a conventional political leader. Like a political visionary, he will show the way forward for the country…and his speech will set a new path for us.”
Sharif recently said he was excited to return to Pakistan to lead his party in elections likely to be held in January 2024. Earlier this month, Samaa TV reported that Sharif had already booked a business class ticket on Etihad Airways flight EY243. The Etihad Airways flight is scheduled to land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on October 21 at 6:25 pm.
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