After wrapping off his two-day trip to Egypt on Wednesday, where he attended the COP27 climate summit, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has departed for London.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb tweeted the update, stating that the premier had boarded a private aeroplane for a “private visit via the British capital.”
The PML-N supremo and eldest brother Nawaz Sharif has lived in London since November 2019, and Maryam Nawaz joined her father there in October. As a result, there has been conjecture that the premier’s journey to the city will result in significant choices.
PM Shehbaz has visited London three times since taking office as prime minister of the nation in April. This trip was planned to coincide with the appointment of the next army leader because General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term as chief of army staff is slated to expire on November 29.
Power Minister Khurram Dastgir confirmed earlier rumours that PM Shehbaz would consult Nawaz before making the appointment.
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Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, reacted angrily to the accusations by denouncing the PM for violating the Official Secrets Act and breaking his oath of office by talking about the next army chief’s nomination with his older brother.
Previously, in September, the premier had been to London, principally to represent Pakistan during Queen Elizabeth II’s burial.
Additionally, at the time, it was claimed that PM Shehbaz had spoken with Nawaz about a possible appointment in November, which was probably the choice of the next army chief.
He returned with PML-N leader and current finance minister Ishaq Dar, as well.
Dar, who had been living in self-imposed exile in London for over five years, took Miftah Ismail’s place as the nation’s finance czar after months of rumours that he was being favoured for the position by some of the party’s top executives.
Before that, he had initially visited his brother in May with a group of federal ministers. At the time, it was claimed that the team led by the PM had asked Nawaz for advice on several important choices, including whether to call early elections or not.
In the end, the ruling coalition refrained from calling early elections and gave in to PTI leader Imran Khan’s demand.