PM Nawaz returns to old haunt to enjoy desert skies, music and milk

Published: February 18, 2016
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PHOTO: REUTERS

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ISLAMABAD: After a gap of two years, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to his old haunt, the Whispering Hills Rest House in Bahawalpur, seeking a break from the business of state.

According to PM House, the premier spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Bahawalpur, including the wildlife reserve of Lal Suhanra National Park.

Close aides of PM Nawaz, who accompanied him, said the premier enjoyed a night of traditional desert music performed by locals in the company of his close friends.

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According to PML-N officials, the premier has been visiting the rest house since the 1980s, first vacationing there when he was sports adviser to the then Punjab governor Major General Ghulam Jilani.

On Wednesday evening, PM enjoyed dinner with locals in the open skies of the Cholistan desert. This time around, PM Nawaz avoided hunting in Cholistan desert.

On previous trips, he has been accompanied by political leaders, friends and Arab princes in the sport for deer.

“What Nawaz Sharif most liked in the current trip – fresh milk,” a source, who accompanied the PM on the trip, said. Fresh grass grows in February and March giving a peculiar taste to milk, which only a true milk connoisseur can value, he said, adding PM Nawaz enjoyed a variety of cow, buffalo and goat milk.

Meanwhile, the official statement of the PM House said that the premier was briefed about wildlife and forest issues during his visit to Lal Suhanra National Park.

Secretary Forests and other senior officials briefed PM Nawaz about wildlife conservation, afforestation and revival of Patisar Lake. Officials said that indigenous trees like Indian rosewood and Acacia karroo will be planted over 1,212 acres of barren land in the wildlife reserve.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Petrolhead
    Feb 19, 2016 - 3:31PM

    He deserves such a refreshing break, doesn’t he? After all Pakistan is thriving in every sense, the commoners are reaping the benefits of his good governance and hard work. Let him relax a bit in dear homeland before he proceeds to another foreign trip to serve his country.Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Feb 19, 2016 - 4:31PM

    More holidays and perpetual feasts while the poor starve. Long live the King.Recommend

  • abunoor
    Feb 19, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Did somebody say that a few children die due to lack of clean water in Thar yesterday! Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 19, 2016 - 5:42PM

    @Petrolhead:
    His picture tells a story in itself. We don’t deserve such an individual as the PM. These are all returned products of Musharraf’s NRO. If anyone should pay for such debacle then it has to be him.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 19, 2016 - 5:56PM

    We are lucky to have him as our Prime Minister. The person who enjoys nature, healthy eating and music cannot be a bad person.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 19, 2016 - 6:02PM

    @abunoor:
    In a country where parents refuse to immunize their children, blaming someone else is absolutely wrong.Recommend

  • Lotus
    Feb 19, 2016 - 6:22PM

    Having a picnic in the wilderness on weekdays when he should be attending matters of the state!At least he should take vacations on weekends.By the way he has spent Rs 64 crores in visiting 65 countries during his two years plus reign.this has given me umpteen air miles and time off from the teeming problems of Pakistan.It is humbly requested that as PM he should take as an entertainment or time off by spending some time in the Parliament as he has not attended its proceedings for weeks in a row.As the Parliament is situated in a nice surroundings he should enjoy his visit there once in a while,maybe for picnic or outing sake only!Recommend

  • bash gul
    Feb 19, 2016 - 7:32PM

    Instead of Cholistan he should relax in the Tharparker desert region.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 20, 2016 - 12:00AM

    After all his hectic foreign travels…….he deserves a bit of rest when he comes to relax in PakistanRecommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 20, 2016 - 1:55AM

    @Petrolhead:
    I think many Nooras have recommended this by mistake as they are too thick to understand the sarcasm.Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Feb 20, 2016 - 2:45AM

    As long as he raises our profile then all is good.

    The fact majority of visits were low profile and or to UK with family, makes them questionable.

    Am sure General Shareef has approved all visits, so relaxRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Feb 20, 2016 - 3:18AM

    The Prime Minister is either on foreign trips to look after his estate, industries and foreign investments or is in Jati Umra also a resort surrounded by high walls and security. If he considers Pakistan his own country he should pay more visits to Tharparkar, remote areas of Baluchistan and other provinces and share hunger and unhealthy livings Recommend

  • zubair
    Feb 20, 2016 - 10:45AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    your logic is WRONG. You are saying keep giving bacteria infested dirty water to these children but their parents should immunize them? All the money that was spent on two metro projects and orange train is enough to provide clean water to every one in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 22, 2016 - 3:11AM

    @Mohammed:
    And followers of the great intellectual Mr. Khan can feel smug with thia knowledgeRecommend

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