Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of Sharif’s request for his treatment abroad.
In a video recorded for a local news outlet, veteran comedian Umer Sharif, who has been suffering from an undisclosed illness, requested the government to help him get treated abroad. The video was aired on Thursday night.
According to Prime Minister of Pakistan’s spokesperson Shahbaz Gill, the PM has taken notice of Sharif’s request.
The veteran comedian shared in a pre-recorded message that he does not have treatment options for his ailment in Pakistan and he believes Prime Minister Imran Khan will facilitate his request.
Sharif, who looked visibly unwell, said, “I have been told by my doctors that, for better treatment, I will have to go abroad. I believe I helped Imran Khan, as much as I could, with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.”
The comedian added, “Doctors are telling me I can get the best treatment in America. I, Umer Sharif, am now addressing the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan sahab. Whenever you have called me for anything, I have always been there for you, which is why I believe that you will also be there for me.”
Gill explained that Germany and Saudia Arabia will be better options for treatment due to the fact that the two countries are closer to Pakistan, saying, “We will contact the German and Saudi embassies in Pakistan, the benefit of which will be that these two countries are closer and that we may be able to do things faster. We will try with the US also, whichever country can facilitate our request.”
He concluded, “Whatever the government can do, I will make sure to personally get Imran Khan’s instructions on this because Umer Sharif has can be a huge contributor to Pakistani media, as well as philanthropy. He was always ready to help with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.”