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Pakistan Former PM, Nawaz Sharif's Viral Picture Surfaces Stirs Speculations Over His Health
As per Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Mr Sharif's cardiac surgery had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nawaz Sharif's Viral Photo Having Tea In Cafe Sparks Debate Over His Health
New Delhi: A recent picture of Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at a London cafe along with his family, having tea is going viral on the cyberspace, sparking a debate on his health with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members demanding his return to face corruption cases.
The 70-year-old three-time premier, in the photograph, can be seen sitting at a roadside cafe with his granddaughters. He sported a blue shalwar kameez and a cap and apparently looked in better health.
Some ministers got sceptical about the serious nature of his health, saying Nawaz Sharif is roaming on London streets and he even did not bother to wear a mask in this COVID-19 testing time.
Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry said, "This picture of Sharif having tea in the cafe is exposing our law, justice and judicial system. This picture also tells how much people can trust on the accountability system in the country."
"The Sharifs think the people are a fool," Shahbaz Gill said and asked Nawaz Sharif to return Pakistan to face corruption cases against him.
As the picture went viral on social media on Saturday it became a top trend, sparking a debate about Nawaz Sharif's health with his detractors asking why can't he return to Pakistan if he is well while his supporters expressed joy at seeing their leader in good health and spirits.
Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz said, "Like in the past practice they wanted to humiliate him by leaking his picture. But the response to it was otherwise. The supporters of him got happy to see him. His detractors must learn from this."
She said when her mother was in the ICU in a London hospital, such elements even tried to take her picture "forcibly''.
She said in a tweet, "For them to take Nawaz Sharif and his family's women's pictures is not difficult."
Shehbaz said the PML-N workers have started looking up to Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz Sharif and that is why the party had to leak this picture.
Earlier in January, a picture of Sharif having tea at a London restaurant had gone viral, inviting a lot of criticism and raising suspicion that he might have gone out of Pakistan "under some deal''.
Supporting this and previous "leaked" pictures, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said: "Mr Sharif had gone out to have a walk as per doctors' advice."
Sharif, who was diagnosed with an immune system disorder, has been advised by a PTI government's panel of doctors to go abroad for treatment.
In London, he underwent comprehensive cardiovascular evaluation and investigations at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital.
Mr Sharif's cardiac surgery had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as per his daughter.