LONDON: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan from London on 7th January next year.
As per media reports Sharif will depart London’s Heathrow Airport through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-758 at 7:10.
Nawaz Sharif is currently in Saudi Arabia along with his mother to perform Umrah. After few days, he will go back to London, where his wife Kulsoom is receiving medical treatment.
The date of return from London was changed a day after Maryam Nawaz posted a message on Twitter, stating that her mother Kulsoom Nawaz has been re-admitted to the hospital.
Kulsoom has been battling lymphoma- a form of cancer. She began her first round of chemotherapy earlier this month in London and has undergone three surgeries since August.
On October 19, the accountability court in Islamabad indicted the former prime minister as well as his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges stemming from documents leaked from a Panama law firm.
A lawyer for the 67-year-old Sharif entered a plea of not guilty. Maryam Nawaz, and her husband, Capt (r) Safdar, also attended the hearing and pleaded not guilty.
On the same day, Sharif told reporters in London that he will go back to Pakistan to attend the next court hearing, scheduled for Oct. 26. In his televised comments, he said he was removed from office by judges on a trivial charge.
The charges stem from a trove of documents — known as the Panama Papers — that investigators say showed the family held unreported assets overseas. The family has denied any wrongdoing.
After leaving the courtroom, Maryam Sharif again denied the allegations as "baseless." She said her father would return to Pakistan and that they would "face these cases with courage."
The former prime minister is unlikely to be arrested on his return home as the court has already granted bail.