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PM Shehbaz tests positive for Covid 19: Marriyum

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif upon return from London tested positive for Covid-19. The news has been announced by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a tweet, she said he was not feeling well for the last two days.

The minister said the corona test of the PM was conducted today on the doctors’ advice.
She asked the people and workers to pray for the prime minister’s speedy recovery.

After a five-day stay in the United Kingdom, apparently, to have a threadbare discussion with his elder brother and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif on key issues, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif left London for Pakistan on Sunday.

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The prime minister was supposed to fly back from London on Friday but he extended his stay for two days, apparently due to health reasons, media reports said.

During his visit, the premier reportedly discussed with Nawaz Sharif key issues, including the appointment of the new army chief, matters linked to the next elections, strategy for dealing with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, and regaining lost political capital.

It was decided that the issue of the appointment of a new army chief army was a constitutional matter and thus it will be dealt with accordingly.

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A source familiar with the matter said it was decided at the meetings that the appointment of the new army chief will be made purely on merit. The tenure of incumbent COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is expiring on Nov 27.

It may be noted that Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal had said that the announcement regarding the appointment of the new army chief will be made before Nov 29 and the premier will take the ruling alliance, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), into confidence on the decision taken during the London meetings.