Nawaz wraps up UK affairs as Shehbaz confirms homecoming.

LAHORE -- After Nawaz Sharif's legal team submitted his medical reports to the Lahore High Court on Friday, his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif confirmed the PML-N supreme leader would return to Pakistan as planned on October 21, as doctors and lawyers had given him the thumbs up.

On the other hand, the elder Sharif marked his final day at Stanhope House, the party's de facto London headquarters.

In a press conference held in Lahore, Shehbaz Sharif cleared the uncertainty surrounding the return of his elder brother and said he would address a rally at Minar-i-Pakistan after his arrival and 'give an economic roadmap to steer the country out of crises'.

The younger Sharif talked about Nawaz's achievements and difficulties during his three tenures as the premier, besides the 'difficult decision' of removing ex-PM Imran Khan through a vote of no confidence in April 2022 to 'save the state'.

However, he parried questions on the party's narrative change on the accountability of former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and ex-ISI chief Gen Faiz Hamid.

Talking about the challenges the PDM coalition faced, he admitted that his government could not succeed on every front.

In a marathon question-answer session, Shehbaz Sharif did not deny the popularity of Imran Khan. Speaking about a recent survey that declared Imran Khan the most popular leader, the PML-N president said, 'I don't deny or confirm this, but let's see what happens in the polls.'

At the same time, he drew a comparison between the PML-N and PTI, saying as per the surveys in 2018, the PML-N was poised to win polls, but the PTI was brought to power through 'massive rigging'. To a question on whether the PTI would not be on the ballot paper, he said, 'We want free and fair elections and whosoever wins, the result should be acceptable to all.'

Asked about TV anchor Imran Riaz Khan, who went 'missing' during his time in power, Shehbaz Sharif said he had no idea about it.

To a question about changing the party's narrative of accountability for Mr Bajwa and Mr Hamid for toppling the Nawaz government in 2017, he said he had already made it clear that there should be across-the-board accountability. He, however, didn't deny that he had rushed back to London to persuade his elder brother to shun his demand. On the question of polls, he said he expected elections would be held on time.

Rebranding the slogan

On Friday, Shehbaz Sharif also appeared to redefine the party's slogan of 'vote ko izzat do'.


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