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.