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Sharif plans homecoming on Sept 12?

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is readying to fly back home on or around September 1, reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: Aug 30, 2007 02:17 IST
Vijay Dutt

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is readying to fly back home on or around September 1, sources close to him said. It is learnt that a large number of journalists from Britain, the US and Europe would be accompanying him.

Their presence and the expected huge turn-out of his supporters when he lands in Pakistan could act as a check on the government in either detaining him or forcing his plane from landing, his party leaders believe.

Moreover, a commercial flight could not be barred from landing or being diverted, the source said.

But, only two years ago, when Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of the former Prime Minister had landed by a commercial flight at Lahore, he was sent back the next day.

Top leaders of Sharif’s Muslim League party held a meeting in London on Wednesday to weigh all these odds and make plans. His official spokesman Nadir Choudhry did not confirm the date “until the final decision was taken” but said to HT that “the plan was to go back”.

Bhutto welcomed Sharif’s plans to return and said that all political leaders must be allowed to go back.