Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan to face Panama Papers money laundering charges

Islamabad: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday returned to the country from the UK after nearly a month to face corruption and money laundering charges in the Panama Papers scandal. He was in London from 31 August 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.

The aircraft carrying him landed here at around 7.30 am and a confident Sharif came out, waved to his supporters and left, TV news reports showed.

File photo of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

File photo of Nawaz Sharif. AFP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) officials said that he would stay in Punjab House in Islamabad and hold meetings with party leaders on Monday and Tuesday.

Sharif’s spokesman Asif Kirmani

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