Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N party, has submitted a medical report to the Lahore High Court stating that he still experiences chest pain.
Nawaz Sharif is set to return to Pakistan on October 21, nearly four years after he went to London in 2019 for medical reasons while serving a seven-year sentence. His brother, Shehbaz Sharif, had promised to provide regular medical reports to the court.
Despite this commitment, Nawaz has remained in London and not returned to Pakistan. The medical report, prepared by a British physician from the Royal Brompton Hospital, the UK’s largest heart and lung medical center, indicates that Nawaz will need ongoing medical monitoring.
There have been speculations that Nawaz might delay his return, but the PML-N party has dismissed these claims. Some members within the party, known as the “reconciliatory group,” have advised him against returning at this time, considering public concerns about inflation, unemployment, and high utility bills. They believe that people may not welcome his return in the current situation.
Nawaz’s family members, including Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Hamza Shehbaz, have conducted a public communication campaign in Lahore to gauge public sentiment. Some party members suggest that it might be wiser for Nawaz to return closer to the general elections or after the election date is announced.
However, others argue that postponing Nawaz’s return could create a negative impression among the public. Despite these differing opinions within the party, PML-N Senator Irfan Siddiqui has confirmed that Nawaz’s return on October 21 is final and there has been no change in the plan.