Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to return to Pakistan today and appear before an accountability court tomorrow (Friday) in connection with the graft cases prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him and his family, PML-N’s Uzma Bukhari said on Thursday.
"Nawaz Sharif is concerned about his wife’s health and therefore, has to travel in and out of Pakistan,” Bukhari said while speaking to DawnNews. She added that the former premier intends to face the "politically motivated cases” he is involved in.
The former premiers’ wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and is undergoing chemotherapy in London.
Bukhari added that the party has hopes that Kulsoom will soon recover and return to Pakistan.
The former premier had returned to Pakistan in the first week of October to appear before an accountability court.
While he was not formally charged with a crime during the October 3 hearing, it is expected that Nawaz, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and her husband, Captain (retd) Safdar, will be indicted in the London apartments reference tomorrow.
The Supreme Court had disqualified Nawaz from holding public office on July 28 in the Panama Papers case and ordered NAB to file corruption and money laundering references against the Sharif family.
As a result, NAB had filed three references against the Sharif family in connection with the London properties and the establishment of 16 companies, including Flagship Investment Ltd in the UK and Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment in Jeddah.
The former premier and his sons have been named in all three references, while Maryam and Safdar have only been named in the Avenfield reference.