Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who was scheduled to leave for Pakistan on Friday night, has decided to stay in London for an extra few days, according to a late-night development.
After attending the Climate Implementation Summit in Sharm Al Sheikh, Egypt, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif flew privately to London on Wednesday.
According to sources aware of the development, PM Shehbaz has decided to stay in London for one more day and will now depart for Pakistan on either Sunday or Monday.
During his stay in London, PM Shehbaz held several rounds of talks with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif during which key political issues came under discussion.
Prior to the appointment of the new army chief, PM Shehbaz is making his third journey to London since taking office in April.
In the meantime, Khawaja Asif, the defense minister, acknowledged on Friday that discussions on the appointment of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) took place during the meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif.
In response to media rumors surrounding the army chief’s appointment, Asif stated that although there had been conversations, a decision had not yet been made.
Asif stated that the constitutional process would be followed in making the decision to appoint the COAS.
In October, PM Shehbaz Sharif had said he is ready for talks with the former premier and PTI chairman Imran Khan but ruled out a consultation on the appointment of the COAS.