We will return to Pakistan on Friday, says Maryam Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif (R), former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League, gestures to supporters as his daughter Maryam Nawaz looks on during party's workers convention in Islamabad, Pakistan on June 4, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 July 2018
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We will return to Pakistan on Friday, says Maryam Nawaz Sharif

  • ‘If national responsibility is calling and people of Pakistan believe that Nawaz Sharif is needed at this moment, he will prefer his national duty to personal one’

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter has announced in London that she and her father will return to Pakistan on Friday.

Talking to a group of journalists on Saturday, Maryam Nawaz pointed out that she had accompanied her father to Britain to see her ailing mother.

She added that doctors had given them hope that Kalsoom Nawaz would gradually regain consciousness in the next couple of days.

“If national responsibility is calling and people of Pakistan believe that Nawaz Sharif is needed at this moment, he will prefer his national duty to personal one,” she said. “He will return to Pakistan on Friday – and so will I.”

Making an oblique reference to Pakistan’s former president-general, Pervez Musharraf, who fled the country to avoid an ongoing treason trial against him, Maryam said that her father was a “commando without training” who believed in fighting for his principles and did not fear anyone but God.

She added that Nawaz Sharif was not like those who only claimed they were not afraid of anyone. “He has practically proved that a person who truly leads the masses does not get scared so easily.”

Discussing the recent verdict of the anti-graft tribunal against her family, she said there were “so many contradictions in it” that it would be overturned if the appeal went to “a fair judge who is not part of this conspiracy” against the Sharif family.

Meanwhile, leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in the country have also decided to give a warm welcome to the former prime minister and his daughter upon their return to the country.


Hungary hits Soros, Juncker in new media campaign

Updated 20 February 2019
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Hungary hits Soros, Juncker in new media campaign

  • The campaign provoked a furious reaction from prominent EU politicians
  • EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas dismissed the campaign as "fake news"

BUDAPEST: Hungary launched a new anti-immigration media campaign on Tuesday in which it accused George Soros and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker of allegedly supporting illegal migration, but which Brussels immediately dismissed as "fake news".
According to the Hungarian government's Facebook page, the media blitz — funded with taxpayers' money — is expected to include billboard posters featuring images of the liberal US billionaire Soros and a smiling Juncker above the words: "You too have a right to know what Brussels is preparing".
"They want to bring in the mandatory settlement quota; weaken member states' rights to border defence; facilitate immigration with a migrant visa," it continues.
The campaign provoked a furious reaction from prominent EU politicians, including from Joseph Daul, president of the European People's Party grouping which includes both Juncker and right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party.
In a series of tweets, Daul condemned the campaign, calling its claims "deceitful, misleading and... not based on facts".
Daul denounced Hungary's attacks on Juncker and defended him as a "true Christian Democrat and a real European leader".
He went on to remind Hungary that "decisions in Brussels, including on migration, are taken collectively by EU governments" and the European Parliament, both of which include Hungarian representatives.
The presence of Fidesz within the EPP has long been a source of controversy but there have been no official moves by any of the other centre-right parties in the grouping to expel it.
Orban's government, which has frequently clashed with the EU on migration, has regularly undertaken similar campaigns in the past, including "Let's Stop Brussels" and "Don't let Soros have the last laugh."
In recent years, Orban has blasted the Hungarian-born 88-year-old philanthropist and investor as a "public enemy" for allegedly backing uncontrolled mass immigration.
At the same time, Orban's government has frequently been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes and imagery in its campaigns against Soros, claims it denies.
In recent months, pro-Orban media have also attacked Dutch MEP Judith Sargentini — the author of a critical report about Hungary that formed the basis of EU legal action against Budapest -- and Juncker's deputy Frans Timmermans.
"Brussels continues to want to support illegal immigration," Zoltan Kovacs, a government spokesman, told reporters in Budapest on Tuesday.
"Hungarians need to know about this, that's why the latest information campaign has been launched," he said, denying it is part of the upcoming European Parliament election campaign.
Kovacs said plans in "drawers in Brussels" included hikes in financial funding of NGOs and the creation of a special migration fund.
EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas dismissed the campaign as "fake news".
"The Hungary government campaign beggars belief," he told a briefing in Brussels.
"It is shocking that such a ludicrous conspiracy theory has reached the mainstream to the extent it has. There is no conspiracy. Hungarians deserve facts, not fiction," he said.