As the general elections approach, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to launch his party's election campaign on November 10.
Nawaz, who was granted permission by the Lahore High Court to travel to London in November 2019 for medical treatment, returned to Pakistan on October 21st, four years after he had gone into self-imposed exile. The party at Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan hosted a lavish reception for him.
The PML-N supremo stated, "We will strengthen judicial institutions if we come into power," as he presided over his party's in-person meeting at his Jati Umra residence.
According to sources, the three-time former prime minister would direct the party's parliamentary board in charge of ticket distribution and spearhead the party's election campaign through his nationwide travels.
Ashan Iqbal, the general secretary of the PML-N, stated in a separate interview with the media that "we hope Nawaz Sharif becomes the next prime minister of the country."
"Nawaz Sharif was ousted from electoral politics via an orchestrated conspiracy and false cases," he stated.
It is important to note that political rivals of the PML-N, particularly the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), have criticized the party's supremo for allegedly obtaining "undue relief" in connection with a number of court cases.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reinstated the former prime minister's appeals against the conviction rulings issued by accountability courts in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia cases upon his return.
In the aforementioned cases, the outgoing premier received an 18-year jail sentence cumulatively.
The Punjab government also put Nawaz's conviction in the Al-Azizia case on hold last week.