Nawaz Sharif busy in Dubai as NA passes the bill paving the way for his return

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Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz supremo Nawaz Sharif.  — AFP/File
Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz supremo Nawaz Sharif. — AFP/File
  • Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz attend six meetings on Sunday: sources.
  • PML-N sources say Nawaz will return to Pakistan in the near future.
  • Former Prime Minister visiting UAE and South Arabia for about three weeks.

LONDON/DUBAI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the party’s vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif have met with members of Dubai’s royal family after entering the country a day early reached the Middle East.

Nawaz reached Dubai from London on Saturday afternoon, while Maryam arrived from Lahore with her son Junaid Safdar and other members of the family at the same time. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will remain in London and will soon return to Pakistan.

The three-time prime minister is staying at the Emirates Hill residence of Ishaq Dar’s son and Sharif’s son-in-law, Ali Dar, who is married to Asma Sharif, Maryam’s younger sister.

Video obtained by Geo news showed Nawaz and Maryam leaving Ali Dar’s residence in a retinue of cars, with the protocol of the Dubai authorities. The PML-N supremo traveled from London with Hussain Nawaz, Asma and Dr. Adnan Khan.

Nawaz has been received at the airport by Dubai government protocol and his security protocol has been arranged by the government.

Sources confirmed that Nawaz and Maryam attended six meetings on Sunday. One of the meetings was with prominent businessmen.

A meeting was also reportedly held on Sunday where Nawaz’s return to Pakistan was discussed. The PML-N sources have said that the former prime minister will return to Pakistan in the near future.

Hopes for Nawaz’s return to Pakistan rose on Sunday after the National Assembly on Sunday amended a law restricting Nawaz’s return disqualification from a parliamentarian to a maximum of five years, paving the way for those barred from holding public office for life.

Nawaz and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP) chief Jahangir Khan Tareen will be among those who will benefit from the move.

The Supreme Court disqualified both senior politicians in June and December 2017, respectively, under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.

The Senate — the upper house of parliament — had earlier this month passed the bill calling for an amendment to Section 232 (Qualifications and Disqualifications) of the Electoral Act, 2017.

“Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any other law then in force and any judgment, order or decision of any court, including the Supreme Court and any Supreme Court, the disqualification of any person to be elected, elected, or to to remain a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament) of 9 provincial assemblies pursuant to paragraph (1) of clause (1) of Article 62 of the Constitution is for a period not exceeding five years from the declaration by the court in that regard and any such statement shall be subject to due process of law,” the bill reads.

Nawaz confirmed on Friday that he would visit the UAE and Saudi Arabia for about three weeks.

Hussain Nawaz – the eldest son of the former prime minister – had also told reporters that his father would go to Dubai and travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj.

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