Shehbaz Sharif departs for Pakistan
Statesman Report
LAHORE: PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Saturday that party President Shehbaz Sharif, who was abroad to tend to his ailing brother former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, will return to Pakistan today.
The PML-N spokesperson made the announcement as quoted by the PML-N Twitter account.
"Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif will return to Pakistan tonight," it said.
Speaking to Geo News, Marriyum said that the PML-N president had taken the decision due to the deteriorating condition of the coronavirus in Pakistan.
Marriyum said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will undergo a cardiac intervention surgery next week. She said that Shehbaz will arrive in Pakistan in a PIA flight.
Sharif family sources revealed that Nawaz had asked Shehbaz to help victims of the coronavirus and be among the masses during their time of need.
Shehbaz meets mother, Nawaz before departing for Islamabad
Pictures of the PML-N president surfaced on social media in which he can be seen embracing his mother in London as he prepared to leave for Islamabad.
"Coronavirus has wreaked havoc in Pakistan and the world," said Shehbaz. "I am coming back to Pakistan to be with the people."
The PML-N president said that he was in London for his brother Nawaz’s medical treatment. However, Nawaz told him to return to Pakistan as that should be his priority.
"I have decided to return to the country after Nawaz gave me permission to do so," he said. "I am leaving for Pakistan today."
He said that as Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, it was obligatory for him to return to Pakistan as soon as he could.
PIA UK confirms Shehbaz’s flight
The PIA UK confirmed the PML-N president’s flight to Pakistan. The airline said that usually, PIA flights do not operate on Saturdays. However, due to the coronavirus and the ensuing commotion, this weekend the PIA was operating flights.
Pakistan on Saturday announced it was suspending international flights for two weeks owing to the coronavirus.