Punjab CM departs for London to meet Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE (Sarzameen News)- Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif departed from Lahore on Sunday to meet his elder brother Nawaz Sharif in London.

The chief minister would stop over in Qatar, where he is likely to hold important meetings with the Qatari officials, on his way to London.

The Sharif brothers will exchange views on the current political situation in the country and will devise a future strategy in this regard.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is also scheduled to hold an important meeting which will be attended by several party leaders.

Local media reports say that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif and members of the federal cabinet will meet the ex-prime minister and discuss the political situation of the country.

Nawaz Sharif who is currently in Jeddah is flying to London Sunday where his wife Kulsoom is receiving medical treatment.

Kulsoom has been battling lymphoma- a form of cancer. She began her first round of chemotherapy earlier this month in London and has undergone three surgeries since August.

He will then fly to Islamabad on November 2 from there to present himself before the accountability court.

Senator Pervez Rasheed said that Nawaz Sharif will become the part of judicial proceedings despite of all the reservations and will appear before the accountability court on November 3. He maintained that NAB will not be able to prove anything against Sharif.

Rasheed pointed out NAB’s poor performance in the references against Ishaq Dar and said similar situation will happen in the case against Nawaz Sharif. “This process of accountability is not only a test for Sharif family but also for the judiciary. We also have high expectations from the courts,” he said.

Earlier on Oct 26, the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family issued bailable warrants for former premier Nawaz Sharif in two references.

The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metals Establishment, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies owned by the family.

The hearing was then adjourned until November 3, with the last chance for the former premier to ensure his presence in court.

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