Shehbaz Sharif tests positive for coronavirus

By: News Desk      Published: 10:34 AM, 11 Jun, 2020
Shehbaz Sharif tests positive for coronavirus
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PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has tested positive for the coronavirus as Attaullah Tarar – party’s deputy secretary-general – warned Imran Niazi and NAB would be responsible if anything happened to him, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

Confirming the news, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said Shehbaz had isolated himself at his house after receiving the test results.  

On the other hand, Tarar in his statement also explained that Shehbaz had weaker immune system because of being a cancer survivor. The party president did not meet anyone after appearing before the NAB on June 9 (Tuesday), he added.

Shehbaz has been reluctant to appear before the NAB investigators, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, but they continued pressing for that and made him visit the office again earlier this week.

But the PML-N president isn’t the first one among the party leadership to contract the deadly virus as Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb had also tested positive during the current week.

On the other hand, Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed is the most prominent figure among the ruling alliance to contract the virus. But again there are others too, including Farrukh Habib – PTI’s MNA from Faisalabad – who have been infected by the virus.

Reacting to the trend of the coronavirus infecting the parliamentarians, PML-N Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said the virus had been found in nearly 100 Parliament members.

Expressing his good wishes for Ahsan, Senator Sana Jamali and others, he said the Johns Hopkins University had placed Pakistan among top six global ‘leaders’ on COVID-19, led by Brazil, Mexico, India, Russia and Chile.