Ailing Nawaz Sharif spotted dining out in London

Special Ailing Nawaz Sharif spotted dining out in London
Pakistan's former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is seen sitting with friends and family members at a cafe in London on Jan. 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Social media)
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Updated 16 January 2020

Ailing Nawaz Sharif spotted dining out in London

Ailing Nawaz Sharif spotted dining out in London
  • A photo of the former PM sitting at a London cafe has gone viral
  • Sharif was granted medical bail to seek treatment in UK

ISLAMABAD: Landing in hot water from across the ocean, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has made headlines on Tuesday, when a photo leaked to social media showed him sitting at a cafe in London, where he has been for medical treatment after court-granted bail.

The photograph was taken on Monday.

The photo has become viral, prompting responses from both opposition leaders and Sharif’s own Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). While the photo show’s former premier back, there is little doubt that it is him. Sharif is accompanied by other prominent members of the PML-N – his brother Shehbaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar, former finance minister.

Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry posted the photo along with a sarcastic caption.

“Visits to a meeting in the intensive care unit of a London hospital,” he wrote in a Twitter post. “The treatment of Eat Drink Disease continues” and “all patients are feeling better,” he said.

The tweet has garnered over 17,000 likes, 4,000 retweets and a number of comments demanding explanations from both the PML-N and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The former premier’s medical bail has been widely debated.

Sharif was convicted in a corruption case in 2018.

Journalist Maleeha Hashmey responded to Chaudhry’s post with her own, calling the photo an “interesting update from London.”

“I think this is the ICU of a hospital because the condition of all the patients is very critical,” she wrote and concluded the tweet with: “Get well soon, guys!”

To clear the air, Sharif’s doctor, Adnan Khan, took to his own social media account on Tuesday afternoon, with the patient’s latest medical reports, insisting that all concerned parties were up to date on the former prime minister’s health condition.

“Echocardiogram & Holter Analysis were submitted this morning at 06:37 AM London, UK (GMT) to the Government authorities & sent directly to the concerned Minister & officials as well,” alongside attached photos of the medical reports.

PML-N lawmaker Hina Butt had a jab at all critical reactions following the release of the photo. “If a picture of Nawaz Sharif could not be tolerated by the incompetent government, what will happen when Nawaz Sharif comes to Pakistan?” she wrote on Twitter.