Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would turn himself in to jail authorities on May 7, his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party leaders said on Saturday, a day after his permanent bail plea rejected by the Supreme Court.
The apex court had dismissed Nawaz’s review petition seeking permanent bail on medical grounds and the permission to go abroad for treatment.
The former premier, who has been serving a seven-year prison term at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail since December 24, 2018, was granted a six-week bail on March 26 to get medical treatment.
Rana Sanaullah, who along with fellow party leaders Ahsan Iqbal and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed the media in Lahore on Saturday, said that Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif would return from London in 10 days time.
Criticizing the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Sanaullah said that the country had become hostage to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with the government falling to their knees to all the conditions placed by the international organisation.
Speaking on the occasion, Iqbal said that Pakistan’s sovereignty had been put at stake by the incumbent government by going to the IMF, adding that, “We have never seen a situation where a sitting government had appointed federal ministers at the behest of IMF.”
The media interaction came a day after the PML-N underwent a major restructuring with its president Shehbaz Sharif abandoning chairmanship of parliament’s key accountability forum, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
After the restructuring, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has become the PML-N’s senior vice president while former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has become the central general secretary.
For the first time, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shehbaz have been appointed as vice presidents of the party. Other key positions have also been allocated to people regarded close to former premier Nawaz Sharif.