PM Nawaz departs for London amid Panama Leaks controversy

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Published: April 13, 2016
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Sources in PML-N say PM Nawaz in addition to the medical check-up, would spend time with his children in London. PHOTO: TWITTER @MARYAM NAWAZ

Sources in PML-N say PM Nawaz in addition to the medical check-up, would spend time with his children in London. PHOTO: TWITTER @MARYAM NAWAZ

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday departed for London for a routine medical check-up, which was repeatedly postponed due to his official engagements over the past few months.

According to the premier’s spokesperson, Nawaz will undergo a detailed medical check-up which owing to his national engagements was postponed repeatedly.

PM Nawaz to leave for London on Wednesday

However, sources in the ruling party said the PM was suggested to spend a week in London to relieve his ‘stress and anxiety’ because of the situation developed after Panama leaks. “PM Nawaz will also spend time with his children in London,” the source added.

The PM would spend the week with his children at his London residence, sources said, adding the PML-N was unhappy of his decision to address the nation on the issue of Panama Papers. It was, however, suggested by daughter Maryam Nawaz to clear his position in public.

A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents on April 3 exposed the secret offshore dealings of world leaders and celebrities, also naming three of the premier’s children for owning London real estate through offshore companies.

Finance minister cancels US trip

The premier’s visit comes after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar cancelled his visit to the United States on the instructions of PM Nawaz. “In view of the prime minister’s programme to proceed to (the) United Kingdom for medical checkup, I have decided not to proceed to Washington to attend the Spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” Dar said in an official handout issued on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Senator Ahsan claimed that Premier Nawaz, who is flying to London ostensibly for ‘routine medical check-up’, would, in fact, meet Asif Ali Zardari to seek his support. “Nawaz Sharif is going to London to pay a visit in the court of Asif Zardari,” he told journalists outside the Parliament House. However, he warned that if his party bailed the prime minister out, it would suffer politically. “I will convey my views to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Co-Chairman Asif Zardari,” Senator Ahsan added.

Panama Papers exposé: Opposition divided over demand for PM’s resignation

A spokesperson for Nawaz Sharif was quick to rebut the claim. “The prime minister did not express a desire to meet the PPP leadership during his upcoming London visit,” Mussadek Malik said in a statement. No such meeting is scheduled, he added.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Naila
    Apr 13, 2016 - 4:33PM

    Crooks are getting together seeking ways to dodge awam once again. They must be praying for a massive earthquake or some other calamity so the attention would divert form them.Recommend

  • Last comment
    Apr 13, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Just shame on PMLN supporter… see your leader face-offRecommend

  • NY
    Apr 13, 2016 - 6:06PM

    In a country where a mother dies every 20 minutes while giving birth i.e. over twenty thousand women per year due to lack of basic health facilities, the PM has the audacity to go abroad for a medical check-up is a matter of extreme shame. I wonder how he goes to sleep every night with clear conscience? Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 13, 2016 - 8:11PM

    However, sources in the ruling party said the PM was suggested to spend a week in London to relieve his ‘stress and anxiety’ because of the situation developed after Panama leaks. “PM Nawaz will also spend time with his children in London,” the source added.

    Those who speculate on others motives and actions must first be conversant with Hegel phlosophy. It is the Sharif senior versus the juniors, which of the two is to be sacrificed first, dilemma. None if they were to follow the advice of mrs Shabaz Sharif.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Basit
    Apr 13, 2016 - 8:19PM

    That is funny, medical check-up in UK. How about doing it in Your Own Country or Pakistani doctors are incompetent for His Highness. Recommend

  • Riz
    Apr 13, 2016 - 9:13PM

    I’m wondering who exactly is patient?Recommend

  • PARV
    Apr 13, 2016 - 11:02PM

    Leaking away from the country to fix a leak!Recommend

  • BABA
    Apr 14, 2016 - 1:30AM

    Come on people, he is going for medical treatment. There are no good DANGAR doctors in Pakistan anywayRecommend

  • MWaqar
    Apr 14, 2016 - 2:24AM

    What a country where elite gets medical checkup abroad and poor can’t get medical assistance at hospitals.Recommend

  • freed
    Apr 16, 2016 - 3:46AM

    Strange, Pm can find qualified people from his family to fullfill every leadership post in every power post except not one person in his family is qulified to do his medical checkup, Tax payer have to pay the bills in every case. Recommend

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