Nawaz Sharif to return to Islamabad to face anti-graft court, say Pakistani media reports

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to the country to face an anti-graft court after spending two days in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, according to media reports.

PTI October 23, 2017 21:51:10 IST
Nawaz Sharif to return to Islamabad to face anti-graft court, say Pakistani media reports

Islamabad: Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to the country to face an anti-graft court after spending two days in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, according to media reports.

Nawaz Sharif to return to Islamabad to face antigraft court say Pakistani media reports

File image of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. AFP

Sharif, 67, has been indicted in three corruption cases against him and his family in the Panama Papers case.

He missed three hearings of Supreme Court-directed corruption cases against him in an accountability court.

Sharif, who left for London earlier this month to see his ailing wife, was scheduled to arrive in Lahore on Tuesday.

After a change in plans for the second time, Sharif reached Jeddah from London on Monday, Geo TV reported.

He will now return to Pakistan after a two-day stay in the kingdom, the Pakistani channel quoted sources as saying.

The change in plans came on Sunday when the former premier's visa arrived for his travel to Jeddah.

Sharif's mother is staying in Jeddah and sources said that he would take his mother along for performing Umrah with him.

Sharif will then leave for Islamabad, the sources were quoted as saying.

His visit to Saudi Arabia is said to be a completely private visit, during which no other meetings are on the agenda, the report said.

On his arrival in Jeddah, Sharif was received by Saudi officials and members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz at the airport.

He then proceeded to his younger son Hussain's residence from where he will go to Mecca to perform Umrah with his mother.

Earlier reports said that Sharif had booked an air ticket for a return flight to Pakistan on 21 October from London.

However it later emerged that he would arrive in Pakistan from London on 24 October. But that plan too has been altered.

Sharif had reached London on 4 October to spend time with his wife Kulsoom who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

That was his second visit to London after his wife was diagnosed with lymphoma by British doctors on 22 August.

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