The exiled former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been told he can return home. Sharif was overthrown in 1999 after a military coup led by current President Pervez Musharraf.
Since then, he has been campaigning actively for a return to Pakistani politics, initially from exile in Saudi Arabia, then from London, where he now lives.
The decision was made by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Just after the ruling Sharif said he would be back in Pakistan as soon as possible to take part in elections. However, he could still face charges including corruption.
His rivalry with Musharraf is political but also personal. Just before the coup, Sharif prevented a plane carrying his then-army chief from landing anywhere in Pakistan, despite it being desperately low on fuel.