PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif tests positive for coronavirus

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. Party leader Ataullah Tarar also confirmed the development and said Sharif’s “life had been endangered in this situation by NAB’s summoning of him”.

For investigations related to money laundering PML-N president had appeared before the National Accountability Bureau on Tuesday. “NAB was informed multiple times in writing that Shehbaz Sharif has suffered from cancer and compared to other people, his immunity system is weak,” Tarar said and added that Sharif had only left home to appear before NAB.

“Imran Niazi and NAB will be responsible if something happens to Shehbaz Sharif,” he said. In a statement submitted to the bureau, he said: “It has been widely reported in the media that some NAB officials have tested positive for Covid-19”.

“Please appreciate [that] I am a cancer survivor and 69 years old. I have been advised limited exposure on account of the peculiar background of low immunity,” Shahbaz Sharif said as he refused to meet NAB’s investigation team.

Sharif has isolated himself at home, party spokesperson Mariyum Aurangzeb confirmed on Thursday.

Sharif had filed the appeal in the high court a day before a NAB team raided his residence to arrest him on June 2, after he refused to appear before the NAB investigation team.
Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Ahsan Iqbal and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are among the leaders of PML-N who have contracted the virus also.