The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), a major ally of the ruling PTI at the Centre and in Punjab, has advised the government to stop wasting its time in its efforts to bring back former premier Nawaz Sharif from London and instead shift its focus on resolving the public issues.
According to Express News, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in a statement on Thursday said that come what may, the government will not be able to repatriate Nawaz, who has been living in London since 2019.
â€œIf the government continues to ignore the public issues then only God can protect this country,â€ Shujaat was quoted as saying.
His statement comes as the PTI-led government recently stepped up its efforts to bring back Nawaz.
The Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) on Monday issued stern caution to PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif that contempt proceedings will be filed against him in case he fails to provide medical reports of his elder brother former premier Nawaz Sharif within 10 days.
In November 2019, Nawaz, who is convicted in a corruption case, left the country after he signed a court-approved undertaking, saying that he would return to the country within four weeks. Shehbaz too had signed an undertaking, that stated he would “ensure the return” of his brother “within four weeks or on certification by doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return back to Pakistan”.
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As the general elections will take place in 2023, the PML-Q chief said this is the appropriate time to serve the masses.
He claimed that the money that had been spent on pursuing cases against Nawaz is more than the amount of corruption allegations that the former premier was facing.
Shujaat said it is absurd that the PTI leaders demanding Nawaz’s return. â€œIt would have been a different scenario if his [Nawaz] party workers had been insisting him to return to the country.â€
â€œThose political leaders involved in leg-pulling will soon face the consequences,â€ he warned without naming anyone.