LAHORE - Following departure of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for United Kingdom, PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Interior Minister Ch Nisar also left for London on early Thursday.

The destination of Imran Khan is London and that of Ch Nisar Ali Khan Germany with a stopover in London where the prime minister is already present undergoing medical treatment for his cardiac disease.

Three children of the prime minister - Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz - have their names in the Panama Leaks for running the offshore companies. The issue has picked up enormous heat at the political level at home. The PTI chairman has demanded resignation from the prime minister and a probe into the matter by the chief justice of Pakistan. Ch Nisar Ali has tried to clarify the government and Sharifs’ position in the wake of Panama Papers revelations. These background facts show that now the political theatre, for the time being, has been shifted abroad, where the PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and the two male kids of Nawaz Sharif are already present.

Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Imran Khan accompanied by other PTI leaders including Jahangir Tareen and Abdul Aleem Khan left for their respective destinations abroad through the same flight PK-757 from Lahore.

Ch Nisar Ali Khan will stay in Germany primarily for two days during which his spouse is due to be operated upon at a local hospital.

Imran’s visit to UK is being stated principally for fundraising and to speak to a rally for Kashmir in Birmingham where he would also woo the Kashmiri voters to his party in upcoming election in AJK.

Apart from these activities he would also meet experts of two companies specialist in forensic tax audits. Reportedly, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s family also flew through the same flight to London.

Speculations are rife that during stay in London, the PM Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari could meet over the situation emerging after Panama Leaks. The Pakistan government officials, however, deny chance of any such meeting.