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Nawaz Sharif may depart for London today, as wife condition deteriorates

ISLAMABAD: Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to leave for London on Thursday (today) to see his ailing wife, ARY News reported.

According to informed sources, the former premier has planned to leave for London today to see his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, whose condition had deteriorated yesterday.

“Sharif had also made a call to London to inquire about her health and he would return to Pakistan by October 2 to face trial in the accountability court,” sources further said.

On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz took to twitter and appealed the nation to pray for the health of her mother.

“Ami was taken and admitted to the hospital again late last night. Drs [doctors] are trying to stabilise her condition. Request for prayers. Allahu Shafi,” Ms Maryam tweeted on Wednesday.

The triumphant candidate in the NA-120 by-election and wife of ex-PM Sharif, Begum Kulsoom, was recently diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma and has been in London since, along with her children.

She was discharged from the hospital last week after her third surgery.

Following the third surgery and her release from hospital on September 22, Maryam tweeted: “Just brought Ami home. She is Alhamdolillah recovering well after her 3rd surgery. Jazak’Allah for your valuable prayers.”

On Tuesday this week, in a hurriedly-called press conference at Punjab House, Sharif said he served two sentences at the hand of dictators but “I didn’t bow down.” Today I’ve again been deprived of my right to challenge the [court] verdict.

He said he would continue contesting his case and fight for his rights…”and it will be people’s victory in the end.”

‘Panama Drama’

I faced the ‘Panama Drama’ and my children appeared before Joint Investigation Team “constituted through a WhatsApp message” many a times, and today I turned up before the accountability court as I am ‘squeaky clean’, he underlined.

I beg, let the country run according to the Constitution, he said.

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“It’s high time to find solution to menaces eroding the country from within for 70 years. I fear this crisis could cost Pakistan dearly.”

He expressed confidence that the people will announce their verdict in 2018 which will sweep all previous verdicts in the history of Pakistan, in an indirect reference to the upcoming general elections.

‘Fleeing rumours’

He said he flew London in an emergency situation due to his wife’s ailment. He thanked people for praying for his wife.

He insisted he never thought of staying abroad exceeding the required time.

Mr. Sharif said ‘opportunists’ and lie-mongers capitalized on his problems and misled people about his foreign visit.

He expressed dismay over what happened with the media during a court hearing. Security personnel deployed outside the accountability court in Islamabad manhandled a journalist during Sharif’s appearance before it in connection with NAB references.

The same court first constituted JIT, then it took control of NAB followed by looking after affairs of the accountability court. Is this how justice meted out, he asked.

He also asked if this was called a fair trial.



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