No understanding with Pak Govt for Sharifs return: Hamza Shahbaz

November 25th, 2007 - 12:27 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Nov 25 (ANI): Hamza Shahbaz, son of former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, has rejected the claims that his family had reached any understanding with the government, adding that they were returning to Pakistan according to the Supreme Courts decision.
Hamza said that they would all actively participate in the elections.
Nawaz, Shahbaz and Kulsoom will contest the elections from NA-120, NA-119 and NA-118, respectively and their nomination papers have already been obtained from the returning officers concerned, he added.
The Sharif familys decision to return on November 25 means they will return a day before the submission of nomination papers.
Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif told a private TV channel that Nawaz has no enmity with anyone and he is returning to the country to serve the people of Pakistan.
A senior government official told a foreign news agency that the government would not obstruct Nawazs homecoming this time.
“We have no plans to arrest him,” the Daily Times quoted the official, as saying.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan today along with his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, brother Shahbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar. He would land at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore at around 2 p.m.
Earlier, Nawaz had reached an understanding with the government, whereby he and possibly Shahbaz Sharif may not destabilise the Musharraf regime or boycott the elections, according to sources in government.
Also, while Sharif may not personally contest the upcoming general elections, Kulsoom Nawaz and Hamza Shahbaz would be allowed to contest the elections from Lahore, sources said.
Nawaz, following a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, met with senior Pakistani officials and close associates of Musharraf, and agreed that the Sharif family could return to Pakistan as long as the PML-N did not boycott the elections, the PML-Q sources said.
They said the understanding also involves the restoration of some of Nawazs business interests in the country and his Model Town residence.
ISI DG General Nadeem Taj and Brig (retired) Niaz, a mutual “friend” of Musharraf and Nawaz, mediated the negotiations in Jeddah. (ANI)

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