LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today left for London via Moscow for medical treatment.

According to media reports, Premier Nawaz Sharif before leaving for London held a high level meeting with the close aides of his federal cabinet including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Finance Minster Ishaq Dar along with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will take care of the state affairs in the absence of PM Nawaz Sahrif, it was decided in the meeting. He also gave special directions to his principal secretary. 

Prior to Nawaz Sharif’s departure for London for medical treatment, Ishaq Dar cancelled his annual meeting scheduled with Bretton Wood Institute (BWIs) included International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.  The meetings were cancelled to look after the state affairs in the absence of the premier.

Nawaz Sharif twice cancelled his medical treatment in recent weeks and after much discussion it was decided that he should proceed to London.

The prime minister left for London along with his wife Kalsoom Nawaz, mother, his son Hassan Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz and two servents.  According to airport sources, helicopter took the premier’s family members from his Raiwind residence to Allama Iqbal International Airport from where he flew to London via Moscow.       

The Panama Leaks have shaken Pakistani politics. PM Nawaz Sharif and his family are under serious allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. Although the PM has ordered to establish a judicial commission for the investigation of the matter, but the uproar is increasing with passing days, with PTI Chairman Imran Khan spearheading the movement against Sharif. 

PM’s announcement to spend a week in London has raised many eyebrows. The news of differences within the Sharif family are making rounds, and analysts believe the absence of Nawaz Sharif from the political scene is not making the situation better for PML-N.

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Nawaz Sharif, took to Twitter earlier today to reject 'rumors' of any divisions. She declared it a conspiracy against their family and claimed that Sharif family is neither under any stress nor is there any division.

In another tweet, Maryam Nawaz has posted the picture of PM Nawaz Sharif in which he is kissing the hand of his mother and wrote that the PM is seeking blessing from his mother regarding his health.