Sharif’s return – not a big deal?

UPDATES:

9:00 – Nawaz Sharif addressing masses of his jubilant supporters at Saddar Main Chowk in Lahore Cantt. According to a fellow blogger, Sohaib Athar, Mr.Sharif is to speak at four different stages set up around in the Saddar area.

8:45 – Son Hussain Nawaz and Begum Kulsoom Nawaz arrive at Jatti Umrah

7:45 – Supporters start to arrive at Jatti Umrah, Sharifs’ final destination. Two Hilux vans bring 50-60 people. Security presence still remains thin.
Metroblogger, Usman Latif says Sharifs are expected to arrive at their farm house at about 2:00 – 3:00 am.

7:40 – The Sharifs leave for Data Darbar in a procession from the airport.

7:30 – Nawaz gets emotional and has tears in his eyes. People carry him on shoulders to his car. Nawaz and Shahbaz standing on top of the car, waving to their supporters.

7:26 – Nawaz to reach Data Darbar in the form of a rally while travelling through Saddar, Garrhi Shahu, Dharampura, Shimla Pahari, Gawalmandi, and Bhaati Gate.

7:16 – Massive display of fireworks close to the airport premises.

7:13 – Hussain Nawaz, Kulsoom Nawaz and other members of the family use the ‘Domestic Lounge’ to come out of the airport.

7:08 – Nawaz and Shahbaz come out of the lounge.

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Image Source: BBC News

“I’m here to play my role and also to make my own efforts to rid the country of the dictatorship,” Nawaz tells the BBC upon his landing.

7:00 – At least 2,000 PML-N workers including Hamza Shahbaz, Makhdom Javed Hashmi, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Zulifqar Khosa, Zafar Jhagrra, former President Rafiq Tarrar, MMA’s Liaqat Baloch reach the ‘International Arrivals’ gate of the airport.

6:55 – Passengers in the Airport’s arrival lounge now. ASF and the police baton-charge supporters of PML-N.

6:35 – Nawaz Sharif’s plane lands at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. The special Boeing 777 was carrying 26 members of the Sharif family.

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Supporters of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Group) leaders have flocked to Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, his brother, former Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif and their families.

Television coverage shows policemen beating up supporters while preventing them from entering the airport building. The political celebrities are soon expected to land in Lahore through a chartered Saudi royal plane and are to ride two gifted bulletproof Mercedes’. According to insiders, the Saudi King has even lent them a helicopter to be used in their upcoming election campaigns.

The plane is expected to land at 6:30 pm PST.

Sharifs’ return is significant, however, the overall rise in political temperature of the nation has largely remained insignificant. One of our fellow Metrobloggers, Usman Latif, who is on scene at the family farm-house of the Sharifs at Jatti Umrah, describes the reception as missing any fervor. This may largely be attributed to the fact that many party workers have been arrested and the provincial government, despite giving the Sharifs a free-hand to return, has asked them not to take out a rally on return.

According to Usman there are no security arrangements by the Government and almost the entire complex lacks the presence of any proper Muslim League figure. Absence of the common man and media at Jatti Umrah resonates a feeling that Sharifs might not be able to regain what they have lost and have been missing during the last seven years…

23 Comments so far

  1. KKK (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    Jeay jeay jeay……jeay nawaz sharif!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! minus abajee


  2. |eemz (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    He’s here! he’s here! :D

    I just saw his radiant face, beaming with happiness on tv. It’s good to see him back.

    We have a hero, hopefully, Insha Allah!


  3. News (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

    Welcome mian sahab!

    Long live nawaz sharif!

    True leader is back!

    He is still the constitutional prime minister of pakistan!


  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    As a news marquee was saying on a channel “Ghareebon Ka leader aagaya” :P

    Hasan, why dont u keep the latest up … it makes track easier!!


  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    And I hope u sent ur reporter fully armed to the farm house :>

    Keep updating !!


  6. Fahim (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    LONG LIVE NAWAZ SHARIF
    nice to see him back
    happiest day in my life!


  7. AH (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

    We need some new leaders. I am so tired of these corrupt and never disappearing Sharifs, Bhuttos and Musharrafs.


  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    does parvaiz ellahi stand a chance now once nawaz sharif is back.. ? kind of welcome NS is getting i think P ellahi doesn’t stand a chance atleast in urban punjab


  9. Nedved (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    Nawaz sharif khushamdaid back home.
    He is the only leader in pakistan right now who has his roots in public. Truely represents pakistan.Every pakistani wants to be like him(successful, nice family, pakistani look and professional).

    NAWAZ SHARIF ZINDABAD


  10. Nedved (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:37 pm

    He will kick people like pervaiz elahi and Fazalur rehman out of now. They have no chance now.


  11. binary-zero (unregistered) on November 25th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    I agree with NEDVED, he is an example of traditional Pakistani Family. And no question about brilliant administrative powers of Shahbaz Sharif – though he have also done mistakes but i hope he’ll act good now. Besides, he can speak urdu :) not like BB, who speaks worst Urdu and still says that her roots are in PK ?


  12. suh (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    He had made so many sacrifices for Pakistan.He had worked so hard and was unceremoniously ousted.He had been wronged and lived so many years in exile while living in a mansion in Saudi Arabia with servants there for his every whim. Also to pass his time he had opened up a steel factory in Saudi Arabia so that he does not think about his beloved Pakistan otheriwse tears would come in his eyes. The poor guy also had to make trips to UK so that he can check on his property there to see if everything was alright. He had suffered so much and now he is back once again and determinbed to work even harder for the common man.
    and hoepfully he would help the common man in pakistan by opening up more factorys with our tax money to try and get rid of unemployment, and help the country by opening up more NGOs and non-tax organizations


  13. MEME (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    @ SUH you have a problem with nawaz sharif policies or his wealth!?!?!
    whats wrong in opening a factory in saudia arabia or owning property in England? His father was a very successful businessman! the problem is that we pakistanis specially punjabies n Mohajirs get jealous with anyone successful.The argument that someone is bad cuz he is rich and lives a lavaish life is not right.His family was wealthy even before coming into politics.
    People who think that you can just open a factory from Tax money obviously know nothing about buniness practices.


  14. pakistani (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    “he had opened up a steel factory in Saudi Arabia”

    offcourse as a businessman he did the right thing.. he didn’t wanted to be living on ‘special grant’ from saudi royals.. he earned his own money which he spent.. unlike many other leaders(for e.g. Altaf.. who sucks money from poor karachiites and lives a princely life in London.. )


  15. MEME (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    @ pakistani

    Exactly, Laxmi Mittal became one of the richest man in the world by steel business,in those days when sharif family opened a huge fatory in saudia arabia. Steel business has boomed in the last 8 years n the sharif family must have made a killing.But some people in pakistan don’t like that. THEY CONSPIRE AGAINST SUCCESS


  16. Usman Latif (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 4:16 am

    @ Hassan Mubarak:

    sorry, there were two Hyundai’s Shehzore Vans instead of Hi-Lux Vans.
    plz edit the thir update.


  17. suh (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 7:49 am

    @MEME AND PAKISTANI

    well meme im against both, his diesasterous polices and his wealth, or should i say our wealth in his accounts.

    no one is saying that he did not own a business, they were a normal upper class family in before entering politics, but he only had 1 factory before becoming cm of punjab and that factory was his fathers and his 7 brothers, who all had children and they got there shares in it, so nothing much was left for nawaz shirff after.

    his factorys started popping up one after another after he became chief minister of punjab, its amazing how many people have blind support in this corrupt.

    tell me where is all the money from the drama he did with ‘mulk bajao, karz utao’, an estimated $5 billion was collected by debt went down by 0, i guess he made the factory in saudia with it.

    tell me why were all those loans taken in his first term by him not repaid,

    another big corruption by him are the missing containers at the karachi port, well the list is just endless, and you are supporting such a corrupt evil guy, shame.

    a 2 year old knows about his corruption and you amaze me by supporting him,

    world bank allready called him the worlds corruptest leader.
    and you hve blind support in him, and then you guys complain about corrupt leader :(


  18. max (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    ;) good news.

    consolidated pakistani news at

    http://www.pakmarks.com


  19. Babar (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    @BZ BB speaks much better urdu than NS. No politics intended , its just a plain fact. The only difference is that she has a sindhi accent. And let me break it to you that Nawaz has a Punjabi accent. So you have a problem with Sindhi accent and not with Punjabi? You better go for MQM guys who have the real and best urdu accents.

    I see him representing Punjabi urban mill owner culture ( thats why he is called mian) . good for him. But BB represent Sindhi culture with her ajrak and typical sindhi name. You got prob with that?

    BTW , is Pakistan= Punjab.


  20. KAMI (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    The hallmark of his leadership is in-competence. He is ok to be head of a municipality but PM position is way out of his league.
    He had high powered patrons once, but now he cannot decide anything without discussing with APDM. Since APDM is going no where, so does he.

    He is a Bhola, albeit monumentally corrupt and will remain the same. If it was left to him the whole Nations would have been driving yellow cabs and our banks would have become Car dealers. I wonder where is his closest buddy and Confidante Saif-ur-Rehman. Is he planning to come back too? I have heard that he actually bent down in front of Zardari and asked his forgiveness.


  21. Neena (unregistered) on November 26th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    Binary Zero you said – Besides, he can speak urdu :) not like BB, who speaks worst Urdu and still says that her roots are in PK ?

    This comment is way out of line. Speaking fluent Urdu or any other Pakistani language doesn’t make anyone more PAKISTANI. Remember we lost our half (better one ;) as more intellectuals were there) due to this nonsense and Jinnah our hero too can’t speak Urdu fluently and so does most of Pakistanis (including Punjabis, Sindhis, Baloauchis, Pathans and etc.

    Come up with another legit reason to compare these twoo. Last I check both have stolen millions from the country.

    PS. In case someone wondering my heritage. My Parents born in UP India and I’m married to a guy whoes parents born in Lahore and Punjab India.


  22. SAMI (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 2:45 am

    Mian day naray!! mian day naray wajan gay!!! main day naray!! mian day naray wajan gay!!!

    e chor saray bajan gay!!
    Mian day naray wajan gay!!!


  23. KAMI (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    e chor saray bajan gay!!
    Mian day naal ajan gay!!!

    Bankaan day taaley khul jan gay!!
    Ek Wari phir Lut jan gay!!

    Mian day naray wajan gay!!



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