Shahbaz to reach Pakistan today: Marriyum

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PML-N president demands nation-wide lockdown
Staff Reporter

Lahore

Pakistan Muslim League-N President Shahbaz Sharif is returning to Pakistan tonight, party’s spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb announced on Saturday.
Shahbaz, who is the opposition leader in the National Assembly, will land at the Islamabad airport, she told the media. The PML-N president had left for London along with his ailing brother Nawaz Sharif last year.
Speaking to a private news channel, Marriyum said Shahbaz has decided to return to the country in view of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which has so far claimed three lives and infected over 650 across the country.
She said the former prime minister, who is being treated for his ailments in the United Kingdom, is scheduled to undergo a surgery for his heart complications soon. “Shahbaz Sharif has decided to return to the country despite his brother’s heart condition,” she added.
The development comes hours after government announced that it was suspending all international flights operations in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Information Secretary of PML-N Uzma Bukhari has also confirmed the news of Shahbaz Sharif’s return.
Meanwhile, President of Pakistan Muslim League-N Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday demanded a nation-wide lockdown due to growing threat of coronavirus. National Assembly’s Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif said that government should immediately take steps for lockdown of the country and warned of a terrible human tragedy in the event of any delay by the government.
Former Punjab Chief Minister also expressed concerns about worsening situation of the economy and asked government to take appropriate steps at national level for improving economic situation of the country.
Shahbaz Sharif urged government to ensure the provision of protective gear and other essential supplies to doctors and other medical staff across the country. He further said that government should take notice of incidents like lack of testing kits, doctors contracting virus in KP and large gathering is Lahore and other parts of the country.