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Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif returns home back after four years of exile to lead PML-N election campaign

Sharif to address big rally in Lahore as he prepares for political comeback

09:24 AM | 21 Oct, 2023
Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif returns home back after four years of exile to lead PML-N election campaign

LAHORE – Ousted Pakistani prime minister and chief of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Mian Nawaz Sharif has finally returned home after spending four years in the UK. Sharif was convicted and sentenced to prison but he departed to the British capital to seek medical aid.

The septuagenarian politician, a cardiac patient, traveled in a private jet from Dubai Airport. The flight carrying Sharif landed at Islamabad airport after a brief delay.

Earlier, Nawaz boarded a chartered flight at the Dubai International Airport to fly back home on a special plane. Several PML-N leaders as well as singer Waris Baig are accompanying their chief on the plane. 

A legal and political team of PML-N leaders has been constituted to hold a meeting with party supremo Nawaz Sharif upon his landing at the Islamabad airport.

The seasoned politician is expected to stay at the federal capital airport for an hour where he will hold legal consultations, and will head to the provincial capital Lahore where the 73-year-old is expected to be welcomed by a sea of party workers.

October 21 is a big day in Pakistani politics as it marks the return of a leader who is touted to be the upcoming prime minister of the country of over 240 million which is facing the worst economic crisis in recent times. Sharif is being called 'Messiah' who will steer the South Asian country from crisis.

Last in South Asian nation, the PML-N supremo was serving time for corruption but he left the country on health grounds in November 2019. The politics in the country is almost 180 as the PTI chief, who replaced Nawaz, is now in jail.

For quite some time, Mr Sharif has been preparing for his return, especially after the ouster of Imran Khan in the vote of no confidence.

His party took over governing the crisis-marred nation, with younger brother Shehbaz Sharif as premier. The PDM government however saw a plethora of challenges and now it's time for Nawaz to deal with the ongoing problems.

He was declared absconder in court cases but he secured protective bail until October 24.

This is not the first time, a PML-N top leader returned from exile. In 2007, Sharif, and late PPP leader Benazir Bhutto struck a deal to return homeland.

During his stay in Britain, he remained vocal against former Army Chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Faiz Hameed for orchestrating his ouster. He even called out judged openly, who convicted him in graft cases.

Nawaz says he is not returning for revenge

Nawaz Sharif thanked Pakistanis and his party workers, who are planning a huge rally in Lahore. Speaking with local media, the seasoned politician expressed gratitude to those who supported him during his time in UK.

He termed his homecoming as a mission to steer Pakistan out of economic and political challenges. Calling the upcoming election crucial, he said it will determine the country’s future.

Sharif announced to present his plan at Minar-e-Pakistan. He mentioned that he does not seek revenge and instead focuses on the larger good.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 3, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 3, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 3, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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