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Lahore Abuzz as Nawaz Sharif Set to Return to Pakistan, PML-N Hires Planes to Rain Petals, Books Trains – News18

PML-N has planned a mega rally in Lahore to welcome Nawaz Sharif and set the stage for the party’s electoral campaign in the upcoming general elections in Pakistan. (Image: Reuters File)

PML-N’s Lahore rally, which is expected to be a major show of strength, signifies Nawaz Sharif’s re-entry into Pakistani politics after half a decade of self-imposed exile.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers from across the country have congregated in Lahore to welcome chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on October 21 and be part of the party’s grand power show ahead of the elections.

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to the country after four years on Saturday to lead his party in the next general elections and try and secure a record fourth term for himself.

He is currently in Dubai and according to people familiar with the developments who spoke to News18, Sharif will land in Pakistan around Saturday midday and reach Lahore around 2:30pm to meet party officials and the mass that has gathered in the city to greet him.

A separate report by Pakistan-based GeoNews said PML-(N) officials booked multiple special trains to ensure that its supporters are able to attend the Minar-e-Pakistan rally.

Two trains will be leaving from Balochistan and one each will leave from Nasirabad and Quetta for Lahore.

A large number of cadres led by the Karachi wing of the PML-(N) are already en-route.

A separate report by the Dawn said the PML-(N) hired two aircraft to shower rose petals in Lahore upon his return.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) said that Sharif, who called his successor and PTI chief, Imran Khan, a ‘ladla’ of the establishment, has now become the ‘new ladla’.

“Today, the one who was calling someone else [Imran Khan] ladla [favourite] has now become ladla. Nawaz Sharif, a proclaimed offender and a convict, has got permission to roam around in the country…but let me tell you neither offering of motorbikes nor paradise pass will help them as the people have rejected him and his party,” PTI leader and former federal minister Moonis Elahi was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

The trains were decorated with Nawaz Sharif’s pictures and flags. Former Karachi governor Mohammad Zubair said Sharif will speak about the welfare of the people in his address and assure them that his party is building a people-centred agenda.

Nawaz Sharif will not be reminded of his legal hurdles as soon as he lands because he was granted protective bail in two graft cases and his arrest warrant in the Toshakhana case was also suspended by an accountability court. However, his protective bail in Al-Azizia and Avenfield corruption cases will expire on October 24, 72 hours after his arrival.

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