Spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry Lijian Zhao on Saturday called Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to offer help in getting the former chief minister Punjab treated for coronavirus.
According to PML-N, Lijian expressed concern for Shehbaz’s wellbeing and prayed for his early recovery.
“Shehbaz Sharif thanked the Chinese government, its leadership, and Zhao Lijian for offering treatment for COVID-19. Your concern and offer is a reflection of China’s love for Pakistan and its people.”
“China’s affection, consideration and brotherly relations are a source of pride for me,” said the PML-N leader.
Ahsan Iqbal, who has also been diagnosed with COVID-19, said he too had received a phone call from Zhao, inquiring after his health.
Iqbal said he is “deeply touched” by Zhao’s concern for his illness, recognition of his contribution towards CPEC and over his “offer of medical support on behalf of Chinese government”.
The PML-N president on Thursday said that he is self-isolating after lab reports confirmed that he has contracted the virus.
He had appeared before a NAB investigation team in a corruption case where a large number of party workers had also gathered to show support to their party chief.
Besides the party president, a large number of senior PML-N leaders including former prime minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ayaz Sadiq, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Tariq Fazal Chauhdry have tested positive for COVID-19.
Zhao Lijian has served in Pakistan as Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Islamabad during PML-N government and is considered a true friend of Pakistan.