We will return to Pakistan on Friday, says Maryam Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif (R), former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League, gestures to supporters as his daughter Maryam Nawaz looks on during party's workers convention in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 4, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 July 2018

We will return to Pakistan on Friday, says Maryam Nawaz Sharif

  • ‘If national responsibility is calling and people of Pakistan believe that Nawaz Sharif is needed at this moment, he will prefer his national duty to personal one’

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter has announced in London that she and her father will return to Pakistan on Friday.

Talking to a group of journalists on Saturday, Maryam Nawaz pointed out that she had accompanied her father to Britain to see her ailing mother.

She added that doctors had given them hope that Kalsoom Nawaz would gradually regain consciousness in the next couple of days.

“If national responsibility is calling and people of Pakistan believe that Nawaz Sharif is needed at this moment, he will prefer his national duty to personal one,” she said. “He will return to Pakistan on Friday – and so will I.”

Making an oblique reference to Pakistan’s former president-general, Pervez Musharraf, who fled the country to avoid an ongoing treason trial against him, Maryam said that her father was a “commando without training” who believed in fighting for his principles and did not fear anyone but God.

She added that Nawaz Sharif was not like those who only claimed they were not afraid of anyone. “He has practically proved that a person who truly leads the masses does not get scared so easily.”

Discussing the recent verdict of the anti-graft tribunal against her family, she said there were “so many contradictions in it” that it would be overturned if the appeal went to “a fair judge who is not part of this conspiracy” against the Sharif family.

Meanwhile, leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in the country have also decided to give a warm welcome to the former prime minister and his daughter upon their return to the country.


Russia proposes new missile verification regime with US after demise of treaty

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Russia proposes new missile verification regime with US after demise of treaty

  • The United States withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty last year

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Monday proposed that Russia and the United States agree not to deploy certain land-based missiles in Europe and introduce mutual verification measures to build trust following the demise of the INF nuclear arms control treaty.
The United States withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty last year, accusing Moscow of violating it, a charge denied by the Kremlin.
Global nuclear arms control architecture has come under further strain since then as the former Cold War foes have been unable to agree on a replacement to New START, another major arms control pact that is due to expire in February 2021.
On Monday, the Kremlin suggested “de-escalation” measures, such as allowing Russia to conduct checks on the US Aegis Ashore system in Europe, and the United States to check Russia’s 9M729 missiles in facilities in the exclave of Kaliningrad.
“We propose all interested sides to consider concrete options for mutual verification measures to remove existing concerns,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.
The INF pact had prohibited land-based missiles with a range of 310-3,400 miles, reducing the ability of both countries to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.