Govt fears Shahbaz return, says PML-N

Posted in Broader Middle East | 10-Apr-04 | Source: dawn.com (Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD, April 9: The government fears the expected return of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president, Shahbaz Sharif. This was stated by the PML-N leader, Khwaja Saad Rafiq , while reacting to the interior minister's statement about the treatment that the government was contemplating on the return of the PML-N president.

Commenting on the Supreme Court's verdict which allowed Shahbaz Sharif to make a come back and face the law of the land, the interior minister, Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat, had said on Thursday that the PML leader would either be arrested or deported on his arrival in the country.

Talking to newsmen at the Parliament House cafeteria on Friday, Mr Rafiq who is expected to be part of the party's delegation to London next week to meet Shahbaz Sharif, said the government was extremely perturbed over the Supreme Court's verdict.

He said the Supreme Court had fulfilled the requirement of justice by holding that any citizen had the right to return home and no one, including Shahbaz Sharif, could be barred from making a come back.

The PML-N leader criticized the threatening tone of the interior minister and said come what may, the party president would definitely return home soon, and the government would be left with no moral ground to detain or deport him since no corruption or misuse of power case was pending against him.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt through the PML-N sources that the acting party and ARD president, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khwaja Saad Rafiq and Mian Asad will leave here on Monday to meet Shahbaz Sharif in London.

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