Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is returning from self-imposed exile in anticipation of the upcoming general elections.
His flight has entered Pakistani airspace and is en route to Islamabad. Sharif had traveled to the United Kingdom in 2019 for medical treatment while serving a 7-year prison term. He made the condition to return when he was fit to do so.
Nawaz Sharif was initially in Dubai, and his return is generating considerable excitement. Thousands of supporters have gathered at the Azadi Chowk flyover, with over 40,000 security personnel deployed for his arrival.
A special helipad has been set up at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore for his landing, after which he will proceed to the Greater Iqbal Park, where today’s rally is scheduled.
Upon his return, Nawaz Sharif will address the public, and his statements are expected to set the tone for his election campaign.
He has expressed hope for a better situation in Pakistan compared to when he left in 2017, particularly regarding the country’s economic conditions.
Nevertheless, the world and regional dynamics have evolved since then, and the challenges facing Pakistan are different.
Sharif’s ability to navigate these challenges and forge partnerships both domestically and internationally will be closely watched.
The success of his public rally and the support he garners will be indicative of his continued political influence and popularity, a realm previously associated with his political rival, Imran Khan.
This return marks a pivotal moment in Pakistan’s political landscape as Nawaz Sharif seeks to make his mark in the upcoming elections.