Nawaz leaves for London

LAHORE: The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left his Raiwand residence for the Lahore airport in a helicopter early Wednesday morning.

He will leave the country for about five days, he said, for a medical treatment which he had been putting off for a while due to official responsibilites.

Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister held a meeting which was attended by senior ministers including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

During the meeting he gave special directions to the chief secretary and principal secretary, sources said.

During his absence state affairs will be taken care of by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Dar on Tuesday canceled his visit to Washington for attending annual meeting of Breton Wood Institutions (BWIs) such as the IMF and World Bank. The decision was taken on direction of the prime minister to look after important matters of state in the absence of Nawaz Sharif in the country.

“The PM had already canceled his due medical checkup twice so he would be proceeding to the UK for his routine medical checkup. In this context, the government decided to cancel his visit to US for attending annual meeting of the IMF/World Bank,” Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar told The News on phone from Lahore.

The minister said that he would not be visiting UK along with the premier but he would be staying in the country to look after important matters in his absence. Geo