Pakistan's former three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to arrive back home on Saturday after four years of self-imposed exile in London to kick-start his party campaign three months ahead of a general election, APA reports citing Reuters.
The 73-year-old veteran politician will lead a rally in his eastern hometown city of Lahore after flying from Dubai in a chartered plane carrying around 194 people from his party and media organisations, the party and sources said.
Sharif has not set foot in Pakistan since he left for London in 2019 to receive medical treatment while serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption. His convictions are still in force, but a court on Thursday barred authorities from arresting him until Tuesday, when he is to appear in court.
While he cannot run again for election or hold public office because of his convictions, his legal team says he plans to appeal and his party says he aims to become prime minister for a fourth time.