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PM Nawaz Sharif in London for ‘medical treatment’

Reporting | - Posted: Apr 13, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Apr 13, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
PM Nawaz Sharif in London for ‘medical treatment’

LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday arrived here for “medical treatment”, Samaa reported.

The PM’s spokesperson in a statement on Monday had said that owing to his national engagements, the Prime Minister had postponed his medical check-up several times.

Also read: PM Sharif to return on doctor’s advice: Nisar

Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Nawaz Sharif has gone to London for “a long over-due medical treatment” and will return to Pakistan on his doctor’s advice

The trip for medical treatment comes as Sharif’s family was caught up in the Panama Papers leaks but he has claimed innocence and announced to set up a commission to investigate the claims.

Reports say prime minister’s son, Hussain Nawaz, is also expected to join him in London after two days. Hussain Nawaz has been named in the Panama leaks for owning offshore companies in tax havens.

PPP leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan claimed that PM Sharif is visiting London to meet party head Asif Ali Zardari, who is already in London, to seek his support over Panama leaks issue.

However, the prime minister’s spokesman denied any such meeting.

“The Prime Minister did not express desire to meet PPP leadership during his upcoming London visit,” spokesman Mussadek Malik said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Zardari has also refused to extend his party’s support to the PML-N government facing tremendous pressure over Panama leaks.

According to reliable sources, PPP leadership has contacted Asif Ali Zardari to get his advice about the party’s stance on Panama papers.

The former president has directed his party to give a “tough time” to the ruling party, they said.

Sources quoted Zardari as saying that PPP cannot support the government to conceal somebody’s corruption.

“Nawaz Sharif will have to decide himself on the issue of corruption,” he said, adding that the PPP would stand by political parties if there was any threat to democracy. –Samaa

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