Health issues force PM Shehbaz to prolong stay in London

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif speaks at the 77th General Assembly of the UN
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif speaks at the 77th United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, U.S. on September 23, 2022. – Reuters/File
  • Prime Minister Shahbaz was scheduled to leave for Pakistan first on Friday.
  • Due to heat on Saturday PM extended his stay for the second time.
  • The Sharif family advised the Prime Minister not to travel.

London: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday postponed his departure for Pakistan citing physical exhaustion, family sources said, as his hectic schedule during his stay in London took a toll on his health.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in London a few days ago after attending COP27 meeting in EgyptHe was supposed to leave for Pakistan on Friday, but he extended his stay by one day.

According to sources close to the Sharif family, Prime Minister Shahbaz He developed a fever before leaving for the airport on Saturday and his family advised him not to travel, so he extended his stay a second time.

Sources in the family also said that the young Sharif could stay in London for another two days.

It should be remembered that Prime Minister Shahbaz held several meetings with PML-N supremo and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif during his stay in London. The meetings focused mainly on state politics and the appointment of a new army chief.

Earlier on Friday, in a retreat, Prime Minister Shahbaz’s request for an indefinite postponement daily mail Defamation case dismissed by UK court.

Judge Matthew Nicklin heard the case, according to the British media, which also reported that the court had granted more time to the applicant, Prime Minister Shehbaz, who has his hands full with the PTI’s long march.

The prime minister’s counsel, in their answer to the court, said that the prime minister is currently dealing with professional responsibility and the court was asked to give him time to submit the answers.

On this, Judge Niklin said, “In his court, the prime minister and the common man are equal”, according to media reports.

If Prime Minister Shahbaz and his son-in-law Ali Imran do not respond of the Daily Mail Lawyers in court will have to pay the defendant the entire cost of the legal process.

In 2019, the Prime Minister served a legal notice on the British daily and its journalist David Rose for being accused of embezzling public money.

“The article slanders Prime Minister Shehbaz, including false allegations that he misused UK taxpayers’ money in the form of Department for International Development (DFID) aid intended for victims of the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Prime Minister Shehbaz denies these allegations,” written in the legal notice.

at a Hearing in a London courtJudge Nicklin ruled that Prime Minister Shehbaz’s lawyer would have to deposit 30,000 pounds by November 23 after his lawyers unilaterally applied to the court to withdraw the delay request in favor of the court proceedings in order to continue.

The prime minister’s lawyers Shehbaz at Carter Rock made the move after he won a money laundering case by a Pakistani court, but the request for a stay at the High Court in London was made much earlier than that.


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