LAHORE: The district administration of Lahore granted permission to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to hold a public meeting at the Greater Iqbal Park on October 21, where the party’s supremo Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to deliver his maiden speech after touching down in Pakistan after a span of almost four years, it emerged on Sunday.
The three-time former prime minister landed in London in November 2019 in an air ambulance to seek medical treatment for multiple diseases after he was allowed to leave Pakistan by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
In a statement, the district administration said that the former ruling party had been informed about the terms and conditions for the rally at the park. At the same time, the PML-N was directed to obtain separate permission from the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Karachi ahead of holding the rally.
The PML-N submitted an affidavit to the city administration wherein the former ruling party assured that it would pay the Parks and Horticulture Authority for any kind of damage in the park during the public meeting.
The district administration further said that they would remain in close contact with the authorities concerned on matters related to security, flow of traffic and organisers of the public gathering. A traffic plan and traffic advisory will be issued soon to avoid an inconvenience for the public.
On October 12, the former premier — who was on his way back home after four years of self-imposed exile — accompanied by his son Hussain Sharif and other close aides performed Umrah following his landing in Saudi Arabia ahead of his return to Pakistan.
Nawaz had left London for Pakistan via Riyadh and Dubai — on Wednesday.
After performing Umrah, the PML-N supremo will reside in Dubai for three days and then fly to Pakistan in a chartered plane on October 21 to address a gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan, where he will chalk out his agenda ahead of the next elections. Nawaz stepped down as the country’s prime minister in 2017 after he was disqualified for life from holding public office by the Supreme Court for not declaring a receivable salary.