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Shehbaz Sharif returns home from UK

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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif landed in Pakistan in the wee hours of Sunday ahead of the imminent budget sessions after spending over a month in London on medical grounds.

The former Punjab chief minister had left for London after his name was removed from the no-fly list by the Lahore High Court. His stay was supposed to be short, but it was prolonged, giving rise to speculations that the former CM won’t return to Pakistan.

What added to fuel to the speculations was the fact that PML-N president stepped down from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship, which he, along with the allied parties, had fought so hard for. The decision to quit the post was termed “first step towards a deal” by the PM’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan.

As he landed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore amid tight security, the PML-N chief was greeted by a large number of party leaders and workers with who were there to welcome him with flowers and garland.

In the form of a rally, party workers accompanied him from the airport to his residence in Model Town, where sweets were distributed.

Shehbaz has returned at a time when the government is all set to announce the federal budget. He will chair a party meeting on Monday where the PML-N will formulate strategy pertaining to the budget.

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