Nawaz Sharif returned to pakistan to face charges in Panama Papers scandal

Pakistan Peoples Party's co-chairman and husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, left, shakes hands with Pakistan's Muslim League-N party chief Nawaz Sharif at a press conference after their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. Pakistan's two main opposition parties announced Thursday they would form a new government together after their victory in elections this week over allies of President Pervez Musharraf. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
Vastavam web:Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif today returned to the country from the UK to face corruption and money laundering charges in the Panama Papers scandal.He was in London to be with his ailing wife Kulsoom who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.Sharif, 67, decided to return after consultations with senior party leaders including his younger brother and Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in London, party officials said.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) officials said that he would stay in Punjab House in Islamabad and hold meetings with party leaders today and tomorrow.
“He (Sharif) would appear before the accountability court tomorrow (September 26) to defend himself in three corruption cases,” the officials said.Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 from continuing in his office for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children.The anti-graft body last week froze the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.
Earlier, Sharif skipped a court hearing last week to defy the cases. His family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.Maryam said that Sharif was returning to face cases for the sake of his people.Sharif last month went to London to see Kulsoom who has undergone three successful surgeries for her cancer.Kulsoom contested on Lahore’s NA-120 seat that fell vacant in the wake of his disqualification and won.Their children are still in London as he prepares to appear before the court in Islamabad tomorrow.The court had issued a bailable arrest warrant against him for failing to appear before it.Dar’s lawyer had deposited surety bonds worth Rs one million to avoid his arrest.