Some powerful people in Pakistan do not want me to return: Nawaz Sharif

File photo of Nawaz Sharif. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Pakistan Jul 12, 2018, 10.04 PM (IST)

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to his country on Friday with his daughter Maryam.

Before catching his flight for London, Sharif said, " There are rumours that flight has been cancelled ...some powerful people in Pakistan do not want Maryam and me to reach Pakistan. I will bring to public notice the wrong happenings".

He further said, "Every party is allowed to do rally while people from the Muslim league are being detained. They are forced to quit PMN-L and join PTI and other parties. Nobody can imagine the consequences of all this. We have taken all this to notice and we have recorded all."

Speaking on her son's return, Shamim Akhtar, Sharif's mother said, "Son of Pakistan, my son is returning tomorrow. The decision was against him, Maryam and Safdar. I won't let them go to jail. If they are sent to jail, then I will go with them. I believe all of them are innocent and Allah will protect them".

"Those at fault must fear Allah. The Court itself has said that the corruption (in the case) could not be established, so what are they being punished for? They are being punished for their loyalty to the nation", she added.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam will be taken into custody immediately after landing on Friday. They are expected to be sent to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi to begin serving their sentences. 

His son-in-law is in the same jail convicted of corruption in real estate dealings.

Nawaz and Maryam were in London attending Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing treatment there. 

The Pakistani commentators said that Sharif has nothing left to lose.  

They said that Sharif may see this as an opportunity to try and end 70 years of political meddling by the military intelligence establishment.

Nawaz Sharif went through a similar incident in October 1999 when he was overthrown in a coup by General Pervez Musharraf, followed by 14 months in jail and eight years exile in Saudi Arabia.