Umer sharif who is a cancer patient will fly abroad for treatment this week at a private hospital in Karachi.
He wrote, “Even happier to inform that the visa has been issued just now. Thank u to the team at US Consulate for the support extended,” he tweeted. He stated that the air ambulance will arrive tomorrow.
He said, “The PM is praying for his early recovery,”.
Addressing a press conference along with Sindh education and Culture Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah and renowned comedian Umer Sharif’s son Jawad Umer, Murtaza Wahab said that the Sindh government had sanctioned a grant of Rs40 million for his medical treatment.
He said that the departure of Umer Sharif and his family was expected in the next 24 to 36 hours once the American visas were issued to them.
Wahab had said Sharif was like an asset to the country. “As we got to know about Umer Sharif becoming ill, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that they would never leave alone the person in times of his hardship who had spent his entire life to make other people laugh.”
Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Education and Culture Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah had said that the ruling Pakistan People’s Party had never been in the habit of publicising if a helping hand was extended to a deserving member of the artiste community.
He had said the provincial government has been managing an endowment fund and also issues health insurance cards to ensure in the best possible manner welfare of the people in the province associated with fine arts and literature.
He had added that a body comprising eminent persons had been supervising the endowment fund meant to disburse stipends among the deserving members of the artiste community.
Jawad said he was thankful to the Sindh government, especially its culture department, for taking timely steps to ensure treatment of his ailing father abroad. He added that his father would leave for the US for treatment via an air ambulance arranged by the Sindh government once he got the visa.