LAHORE – Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has returned to Lahore after a week-long visit to London.

The chief minister had flown to London on Oct 29 to inquire after the health of his sister-in-law Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and meet his elder brother Nawaz Sharif who earlier this week returned to Pakistan to face trial in corruption cases.

During his week-long stay in London, Shahbaz held meetings with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and overseas Pakistanis.

In an important development during his London stay, during a meeting of the top PML-N leadership, Shahbaz was chosen as a prime ministerial candidate after the 2018 elections if party president Nawaz Sharif remains ineligible to run for office.

Before returning home Shahbaz Sharif had an exclusive meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in London, who was in the British capital for his address at the London School of Economics.