Islamabad : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for London on Wednesday for what was described as a routine medical examination but the buzz is that all is not well between him and the military establishment. The departure has come a few days after the leaked Panama Papers exposed his family’s offshore dealings.
Significantly, before his departure, Sharif held a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other senior aides. Asif Kirmani, the PM’s political secretary, too, claimed that Sharif’s visit was a personal one and he was not in London to seek support from former president Asif Ali Zardari against a possible backlash over the ‘Panama Papers’ revelations, which have mentioned both his daughter and son as having offshore accounts.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf leader Imran Khan is consulting other parties for a joint protest outside Sharif’s residence in suburbs of Lahore and Zardari’s PPP is joining the agitation that may make things difficult for the government.
Senior Pakistan People’s Party leader Aitizaz Ahsan has said that Sharif was going to seek support of Zardari who has been living in London for the past several months.
Pak Army chief targets India: Even as the Pakistan PM was leaving for London, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif declared that India’s Research and Analysis Wing has been actively involved in destabilizing Islamabad. He also accused India of seeking to undermine China’s $46 billion investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.