The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied about his recent open-heart surgery.
“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lied about his illness and released a false statement from London. There was no doctor’s name and no open-heart surgery,” PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq said in an interview with a private TV channel.
Asked whether this was his party’s official stance, the spokesperson said, “This is the case according to my knowledge.”
He held the opinion that the premier wanted to hide his wrongdoings that were exposed by the Panama Papers. “For three months, he has fooled the people on the Panama issue,” he said, adding “Nawaz Sharif is the only danger to democracy.”
Haq further said the party along with other opposition parties had, after a number of discussions, agreed on two points: that the Panama leaks should be investigated and that corruption must end.
According to the TV channel, the spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s House was not aware of Naeemul Haq’s allegations and did not offer a comment on the matter.
Sharif underwent an open-heart surgery at a London hospital on May 31. The need for the surgery arose after the premier went through a cardiac procedure called Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in 2011, during which certain complications occurred resulting in perforation of heart, his daughter Maryam Nawaz had told the media. Many had called it a politically imprudent decision to leave the country at a time when opposition parties were exerting pressure on the government in the wake of the Panama leaks.