Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has contracted coronavirus, tweeted Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday.

The minister wrote in her tweet that the premier has been unwell for the last two days. On doctor’s advice, he had a corona test which was positive.

She has also appealed to the people and party workers to pray for his early recovery.

The prime minister, who returned from London on Monday, was not feeling well and did not engage in his official business.

A source close to the PM said he was not well, as a result of which he spent a ‘slow’ Monday. The premier had fallen ill in London, which was why he had extended his private visit by two days, he added.

Earlier, it was reported that the prime minister would soon convene a meeting of his allies in the government to take them into confidence on the series of meetings he held in London with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on key issues, including the appoi­nt­ment of a new army chief and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) long march on Islamabad.

PM Sharif had reached London on Wednesday after attending the COP27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. During his five-day stay in the British capital, the premier held a slew of meetings with his self-exiled former prime minister brother, Nawaz Sharif.

According to Information Minister Marriyum Aurang­zeb, the prime minister reached home on Monday morning and did not chair any official meeting.

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