Returning to Pakistan ‘whether I’m taken to prison or gallows’: Nawaz Sharif

A defiant former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared that he was leaving behind his ailing wife here in Allah’s protection and returning to Pakistan regardless of whether he was “taken to prison or gallows”.

Sharif, who is in London to tend to his ailing wife Kulsoom, is expected to return to Pakistan tomorrow, days after being sentenced to 11 years in prison by an anti-corruption court in the Avenfield properties case, one of the three corruption cases against him following the Panama Papers scandal.

Addressing a news conference alongwith his daughter Maryam Nawaz yesteday, the supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party said that he wished to see his wife opening her eyes again, requesting the nation to pray for her speedy recovery.

He said that he was returning “despite seeing a prison cell in front of him” and was

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