Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif filed on Wednesday petitions in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking protective bail in Al-Azizia and Avenfield references, Aaj News reported.

According to PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz, who has been in self-imposed exile since 2019 in London after being disqualified for life in the Panama Papers case, will return to Pakistan on October 21 and will be given a “grand welcome”, his party says.

As per sources, Nawaz has booked the air ticket for his return. He is meant to land at Abu Dhabi International Airport on October 21 from where he will fly to Lahore the same day.

His flight will land at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport at 6:25pm.

Meanwhile, the petitions were filed by PML-N’s Ataullah Tarar on Nawaz’s behalf. In the pleas, Nawaz said that he was seeking protective bail in order to surrender before the court on his return to Pakistan.

The pleas said that although the PML-N supremo had not fully recovered, he had decided to come back to Pakistan at a time when the country was faced with the “worst-ever crises of economy and other fronts”.

Later today, a divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb took up the bail petitions.

Nawaz may seek protective bail

The bench issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and fixed the hearing for Thursday (tomorrow).

In 2018, Nawaz was sentenced to 10 and seven years in prison in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references, respectively.

However, in 2019, his sentence in Al-Azizia reference was suspended by the Lahore High Court (LHC) on medical grounds. He was then permitted to fly to London to seek treatment and has not return since.

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Johnny Walker Oct 18, 2023 04:39pm
The Munsif'f are bending backwards to grant him whatever he wishes.
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Shaista Zaidi Oct 18, 2023 05:25pm
Fixed match. Otherwise this ganja Shaitan would never book a ticket for Pakistan
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Taimoor Ashraf Oct 18, 2023 05:29pm
You don't have to be PM to condemn what is happening in Palestine. But there is complete silence from Pakistan's future PM. Makes you wonder whether it is not one but more establishments at play here.
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KU Oct 18, 2023 05:57pm
One person privilege against 240 million lesser people of low equality, and even after being an absconder, he will get bail, justice and SC resolve gone south?
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 18, 2023 06:34pm
May God Almighty bless Mian Nawaz with good health, bail protection and the safety of all pilfered money, which will facilitate his happiness and prosperity.
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Arif Oct 18, 2023 07:13pm
Law and courts are a complete farce . No country can and will progress where law is selectively imposed.
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TheActualTruth Oct 18, 2023 11:09pm
And the drama continues. Why even submit a plea, he is the King, The Ameer, The Alpha Dog, who rightfully pilfered the money of his Fiefdom and looted his slaves. Now he is coming back to join his kinsmen in other political parties and especially the establishment to rule over is Damned nation. Welcome.
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