LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz left for London on Thursday (today) to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz.
While speaking to the media before departure to London, Maryam confirmed that she and Nawaz will return to the country next week.
“I will hopefully spend Eid with my mother. Her radiotherapy has been completed and the doctors will re-examine her on June 17. I request the nation to pray for my mother’s good health,” she added, adding that she was eager to meet her mother.
On June 7, Nawaz and Maryam had sought a five-day exemption from appearance before accountability in the corruption references against the Sharif family.
The former prime minister and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets.
Nawaz and Maryam filed petitions seeking exemption from June 11 to June 15. The petition stated that both of them want to travel to London to meet the ailing wife of Nawaz, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz. The new medical report of Kulsoom Nawaz was also attached with the petition.
On Sunday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had allowed Nawaz along with his daughter to visit his ailing wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz in London.
According to earlier reports, the two PML-N leaders had booked their seats on the London-bound flight of a private airline.
“Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are leaving for London on Thursday and will return after a week’s stay,” said Marriyum Aurangzeb.
The bureau had also asked the ministry to put the name of former finance minister Ishaq Dar on the ECL and initiate the process to bring him back to the country as well as the two sons of Nawaz Sharif through the Interpol.
Meanwhile, the accountability court will continue its hearing of the Avenfield reference today, as the counsel of Maryam Nawaz will continue his concluding arguments in the case.
The NAB has not just requested the interior ministry to put the names of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on the ECL, but also those of his two sons and son-in-law because they are being tried in an accountability court.
Maryam Nawaz told reporters after the scrutiny of her nomination papers.
On May 25, sources informed media that the health of Begum Nawaz had improved following medical treatment for throat cancer in London.
She underwent surgery in 2017 to remove diseased lymph nodes after she was diagnosed with throat cancer.
Begum Nawaz underwent a surgery wherein doctors removed the cancerous tumors in her throat. However, six chemotherapy sessions later, her cancer returned and spread to the rest of her body, said sources familiar with the matter.
According to latest reports, wife of the former premier is still weak due to prolonged medical treatments but has shown signs of improvement.
She is regularly taken to the Harley Street clinic for checkups, treatment, and follow-ups, sources informed media.