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Nawaz reaches China on week-long visit

Nawaz Sharif reached China on a week-long visit and his grandson Junaid Safdar and five others are accompanying him

By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
April 24, 2024
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif addressing party workers via video link on September 18, 2023. —  Screengrab/PML-N
PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif addressing party workers via video link on September 18, 2023. —  Screengrab/PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Quaid Nawaz Sharif has reached China on a week-long visit. His grandson Junaid Safdar and five others are accompanying him. It has been termed a personal visit by the PMLN Quaid. It’s his first foreign visit since his return from the four-year-long self-imposed exile in London.

The former prime minister departed by Chinese Airline Flight CZ-6038 on Monday. Although the visit has no official business but well-placed sources told The News that the visit could prove productive with regard to the establishment of Nawaz Sharif IT-City in Lahore, a brainchild of Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz.

Several Chinese companies have shown interest in investing in the Nawaz Sharif IT City, believed to be set up within a year. The sources said that Nawaz Sharif will revive his contacts with the Chinese ruling party’s leaders and big business houses.

Diplomatic sources said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif are expected to visit China in June this year.