PM cuts short Britain visit to return home today


LONDON, June 25 (TNS): The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday cut short his visit to Britain to return home today.

The PM expressed remorse over the loss of precious lives after an oil tanker caught fire and subsequently exploded in Bahawalpur’s Ahmedpur East town on Sunday morning to claim 148 lives.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the country was bleeding while the PM was enjoying holidays in London.

The PTI leader was speaking to media, where he criticised the PM for being absent in the wake of back-to-back tragedies that have hit the country within a short time.

While talking to members of the press after offering Eid prayers in a mosque in central London, the premier said the National Action Plan had significantly reduced the incidents of terrorism in the country.

“[Peace and stability] conditions in Pakistan are steadily improving,” the PM said.

He added that he met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and both leaders mutually agreed on a few matters.

“We are working to make our relations with Afghanistan better,” the prime minister said.


ISLAMABAD, Jun 25 (TNS): In wake of the rising speculations over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Saudi visit, a government spokesman has clarified that the premier and his family performed Umrah on their own personal expenses.
He rejected baseless reports that PM Nawaz, his family members and relatives performed Umrah on tax payers’ money.
The spokesman has asserted that Prime Minister and his family stayed in Saudi Arabia for last ten days of Ramazan and paid all the expenses from his own pocket.
Prime Minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on June 18 for a private visit along with his family. Deputy Governor of Makkah region Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz welcomed PM Nawaz at King Abdulaziz Airport on his arrival.
Upon his arrival at Masjid-e-Nabvi (PBUH), he was received by a number of officials of the General Presidency and Special Force for Security of the Holy Mosque.
After performing Umrah, the Prime Minister left for London on Sunday. He is expected to stay in London for a few days where he will also undergo a medical checkup. He is expected to return home on June 30.