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Shehbaz Sharif suspends political activities after back injury

Spokeswoman says party president advised complete rest. (Source: File)

LAHORE: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has suspended all political activities for two weeks after falling down on a staircase and hurting his back.

The development was confirmed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb. She said the incident occurred when the former Punjab chief minister was leaving for a press conference on September 29.

Marriyum Aurangzeb further said the party president was safe from any major injury. However, on the advice of the doctors, the opposition leader has suspended all political activities. “Doctors have advised him complete rest and physiotherapy,” she added.

A day earlier, Shehbaz Sharif asserted that the government failed to prove corruption of even a single penny against him and former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in the wake of a recent UK court verdict.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, he pointed out the recent UK court’s verdict about the unfreezing of his and his family’s bank accounts and said that after his decision the government have been burned and inflamed in the last three days “as the last spurt of the last coal in a fire in winter.”

He further said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had levelled various accusations against him and his family members but could not prove any wrongdoing, adding that he was sent to jail twice during the last three years.

He said when the government failed to prove corruption against him and his children they approached the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

“The NCA conducted a probe in which it examined my financial transactions over the past 20 years and found no evidence of money laundering or criminal activities against me”, he said, adding that finally the UK agency asked the court that they wanted to end investigations against him and the UK court approved the request.

“Will UK court let us go unpunished if we had committed corruption?” he asked. Shehbaz Shairf also criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying that the “NAB-Niazi nexus is a fixed match and FIA is working on the government’s directions.”