PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, who has been in exile in the UK since November 2019, is set to return to Pakistan on October 21. He is facing multiple corruption cases, including the Avenfield properties corruption reference, Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, Toshakhana case, and Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
The Avenfield reference relates to the purchase of four flats in London. In the Al-Azizia reference, Sharif is accused of being unable to justify the source of funds used to set up steel mills in Saudi Arabia. The Toshakhana case is about receiving luxury vehicles and gifts, while the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case involves alleged money laundering and income beyond means.
Due to these cases, Sharif was handed jail time, fined, and disqualified from holding public office. He obtained bail in some cases and was later declared a proclaimed offender. In October 2020, the Toshakhana case was returned to the anti-graft watchdog due to a lack of jurisdiction, but it has now been reopened following a recent Supreme Court judgment.
Proceedings against Sharif will resume upon his surrender to authorities.
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