Islamabad, Sep 19: Terming ''contempt of court'' the deportation of Mr Nawaz Sharif, PML-N chief Shahbaz Sharif announced that the former Pakistan Prime Minister would soon return to the country.
However, Mr Sharif did not give any specific date for the return of the former premier. ''Immediately after Eid or even before,'' the Dawn quoted Mr Shahbaz Sharif the brother of Mr Nawaz Sharif, as telling newspersons in London.
''The government had committed contempt of court by forcibly deporting Nawaz for the second time and the legal process which we had initiated would begin in due course of time,'' the PML-N chief.
The former chief minister of Punjab did not concede that by returning home after the presidential elections, Mr Nawaz Sharif would be doing exactly what the Saudi Prince Muqrin and son of assassinated Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafique Hariri, Saad Hariri had asked him to do when they met him in London before September 10.
''We could not have done that. We had made a commitment to the nation and taken a decision to return home immediately in the light of the Supreme Court ruling,'' he added.
He said if PPP Chief Benazir Bhutto abandoned negotiations with the government to join the opposition, it would be a big boost for those against Gen Musharraf.
''She leads a very large party. The opposition would be greatly strengthened with her return to its fold,'' Mr Sharif said. He said the APDM would stage a country-wide agitation against the military-led government on September 21.