PM Nawaz returns home after London visit for medical check-up

Published: April 19, 2016
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lands at Islamabad's Noor Khan Airbase on Tuesday. PHOTO: PML-N

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lands at Islamabad's Noor Khan Airbase on Tuesday. PHOTO: PML-N

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in the country Tuesday evening following his week-long visit in London for “medical check-up”.

According to Express News, the premier landed at the Noor Khan Airbase of Islamabad where he was received by a number of civil and military officers.

Earlier, the premier spoke to newsmen outside his UK residence, minutes before leaving for Pakistan.

“I feel much better now and with your prayers I hope it [my health] will remain well. I am going back to my country right now where I will once again start working for the revival of its economy,”

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan over his plans for staging a sit-in over Panama leaks issue, the prime minister said: “I hope he [Imran] desires Pakistan’s progress as much as every common Pakistani does.”

PM Nawaz departs for London amid Panama Leaks controversy

In response to a question, the prime minister said Pakistan needs peace and stability for its economic revival and the nation has rejected the negative politics.

“A large number of Pakistanis want peace and stability in the country instead of the politics of sit-ins,” said the PM.

Regarding an investigation into the Panama leaks, the prime minister claimed a commission will soon be formed to probe the allegations. “Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has already disclosed the names of the people we have contacted to form the commission and the Supreme Court has also passed remarks on the issue,” he said.

Last week on Wednesday, PM Nawaz departed for London for a “routine medical checkup, which was repeatedly postponed due to his official engagements over the past few months”.

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Opposition parties severely criticised prime minister’s London visit at a time when demands were being made back home for his resignation following Panama Papers leaks.

About 220 Pakistanis, including three children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, have been named in the massive leak of documents from a Panama-based law firm.

The exposé dubbed Panama Papers also mentions the names of 143 Pakistani politicians, some serving and retired judges, several businessmen and a media baron. The leaks have sparked calls for independent investigations against those keeping offshore assets.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Apr 19, 2016 - 2:02PM

    Just one visit to the doctor fixed him! Please tell us the name of this magic doctor?!Recommend

  • Apr 19, 2016 - 2:17PM

    @Shahid:
    He has sorted out Panama leaks issue.Recommend

  • Ajmal Abbasi
    Apr 19, 2016 - 2:29PM

    Doesn’t a three times PM feel even an iota of shame when going abroad for treatment of even minor cases proving himself that he FAILED to do anything good in improving hospitals of Pakistan?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 19, 2016 - 2:37PM

    @Shahid: Dr ZardariRecommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Apr 19, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Sir, You have to take some rest in London. You will become ill again when people will ask you about Panama Leaks and you will have to approach doctor in London again. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 19, 2016 - 4:03PM

    @Pakistani:
    And the time when it comes for Zardari’s checkup, Dr Sharif will be there for house calls…and the cure.Recommend

  • Ih
    Apr 19, 2016 - 5:23PM

    It would have been preferable have a short statement about prime minister,s health from his doctors ,of course without going into private details. his health is national concern being the chief. Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Apr 19, 2016 - 5:23PM

    PM feeling much better after the shopping spree in London !!!!Recommend

  • sabi
    Apr 19, 2016 - 8:19PM

    Stay healthy Mr prime minister Pakistan needs you. Enemy doesn’t want Pakistan progress. Pakistan progress means death to dictator brigade and its narrative that politicians are corrupt.Recommend

  • Insider
    Apr 19, 2016 - 10:26PM

    I hope he will announce the construction of a similar hospital somewhere in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Meer
    Apr 19, 2016 - 10:35PM

    Looks like Nawaz sheriff has stopped pretending to care. He knows that whether he does good or bad Pakistanis will chant army, army only. He is simply obliging the west by staying in power.Recommend

  • bechari-awam
    Apr 19, 2016 - 11:09PM

    When PM went to London last week, hawaldars were announcing frantically that he has fled and will not come back for at least 2 years. I hope all hawaldars will now take a few days off before showing their stupid faces again to the publicRecommend

  • Mehreen
    Apr 19, 2016 - 11:23PM

    Who wouldn’t feel better after a lavish shopping spree in London? Good to see that our beloved PM is feeling so uplifted and ‘well’ after buying a new Rolex and new suites.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 19, 2016 - 11:30PM

    So, Zardari gave him the green signal….despite all the drama done by Bilawal Bhutto, Atizaz Ahsan, Khursheed Shah and other PPP-Z players.Recommend

  • nasser
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:25AM

    Sad to see how politicians in the sub continent are taking the people for granted. Nawaz was very ill and just a day visit to a doctor in UK and he is hale and hearty and promises to remain so in future. And how stupid we are to accept this.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:40AM

    @Parvez:
    You are right. Visiting the durbar means Ayyan Ali’s Rs 5 crore penalty s refunded by LHC. Soon Dr. Asim will go scott free. But this was before Raheel Sharif’s speech. After that all cards are on the table and I think NS with no gullies cannot be sure of Zardari’s promises holding water. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Apr 20, 2016 - 1:09AM

    He settled Panama affairs and now returning to his second home. Please leave Pakistan alone and go to look after your family estate. If ever you wish to come to Pakistan come with investments and behave like ordinary investor.Recommend

  • Luqman Hafeez
    Apr 20, 2016 - 1:33AM

    Could we please know the complexity which could have not been treated in Pakistan? Let us raise some funds to make a hospital and arrange for some doctors who could treat the disease the PM has and has to go abroad for treatment.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Apr 20, 2016 - 5:07AM

    @bechari-awam:
    we stick by our assertions. If it wasn’t for assurances by PPP that the boat (corruption boat) wouldn’t be rocked by them, Sharif felt confident enough to return ! But stay tuned for IK’s million-man march on Raiwind.Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:47AM

    I think he should try a week long Ayurvedic and Yoga detox in some reputed clinic in India. Kejriwal’s cough and weak constitution was cured. Many high-fliers with stress-induced illness have been cured at these clinics in India. He needs some dieting, Yoga, Ayurvedic Treatment, Mud-baths, Oil-drips and some good ol’ Sun and Sauna!! Recommend

  • Avtar
    Apr 20, 2016 - 6:51AM

    Hopefully the doctors fixed up any “leaks”. I thought Pakistan had excellent doctors; the politicians do not have enough confidence in them. As the old adage has it; do it what I say, not what I do.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:17PM

    Did he go on a commercial flight or the government jet? Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Apr 20, 2016 - 12:22PM

    @Sun Tzu:
    At least Imran Khan doesn’t need any of those hocus-pocus treatments !Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Apr 20, 2016 - 1:53PM

    @Luqman Hafeez:A good idea DHL or Riaz Ahaikh to start the project. But Pakistan have many animal husbandry hospitals one is near Radio Pakistan Karachi Recommend

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