Pakistan’s prime minister has tested positive for Covid and felt sick on Tuesday, a day after returning from London, the country’s information minister said.
It was the third time Shahbaz Sharif has tested positive for the virus. His first two times were him in June 2020 and his January of this year.
Information Minister Mariam Aurangzeb tweeted asking the public to wish him a speedy recovery.
Sharif traveled to Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh earlier this month to attend the annual UN climate summit Cop27, from where he took a private trip to London to meet his brother, former prime minister Nawaz. Sharif.
Sharif was disqualified from running for public office by the country’s Supreme Court in 2017 and was convicted of hiding assets abroad and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He is living in exile after a Pakistani court released him on bail and allowed him to leave the country to seek medical treatment abroad in 2019.
His daughter, Maryam Nawaz, was sentenced to seven years in prison in the same case for charges related to the purchase of a luxury apartment in London. Nawaz, who is also the deputy chairman of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, was acquitted of all charges by an appeals court in September.
Sharif extended his stay in London after feeling a low-grade fever during his stay and returned home on Monday.
He became prime minister in April after a no-confidence vote in parliament ousted his predecessor, cricket star-turned-Islamist politician Imran Khan.
Khan was injured in the leg by gunmen who attacked a protest march in Islamabad earlier this month.