Pakistani prime minister ill, tested positive for COVID for 3rd time

Pakistani prime minister ill, tested positive for COVID for 3rd time

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister tested positive for the coronavirus and was not feeling well on Tuesday, a day after returning from London, the country’s information minister said.

It was the third time Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif had tested positive for the virus; the first two times were in June 2020 and January this year. Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb asked the nation in a tweet to pray for her speedy recovery.

Sharif traveled earlier this month to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he took part in the annual UN climate summit, known as COP27, and from there traveled to London for a private trip to see his older brother, a former prime minister. Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The elder Sharif was disqualified from running for office by the country’s Supreme Court in 2017, and was found guilty of concealing assets abroad and sentenced to 10 years. He lives in exile after a Pakistani court released him on bail and allowed him to leave the country in 2019 for medical treatment abroad.

His daughter, Maryam Nawaz, was sentenced to seven years in the same case, on charges related to the purchase of luxury flats in London. The daughter, who is also vice-president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, was acquitted of all charges by an appeals court in September.

Prime Minister Sharif had extended his stay in London after feeling a slight fever while there and returned home on Monday. He became prime minister in April after a vote of no confidence in parliament ousted his predecessor, cricket star turned Islamist politician Imran Khan.

Khan, who was shot in the leg by a gunman who attacked his protest march on Islamabad earlier this month, claimed his ouster was the result of a plot orchestrated by Sharif and the United States – accusations that the Prime Minister and Washington rejected.

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