Saturday Feb 02, 2019
LAHORE: Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was shifted from the Kot Lakhpat prison to Services Hospital.
Sharif will be examined by a three-member medical board at the hospital. His daughter Maryam tweeted that she had been told that Nawaz Sharif had been taken to the hospital.
Earlier, the Punjab home department granted permission to shift incarcerated former premier Nawaz Sharif to Services Hospital in keeping with the recommendations of a medical board.
An official of the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) who had seen Nawaz's medical report told Geo.tv, on the condition of anonymity, that the committee had recommended shifting the former prime minister to a hospital where there is a kidney specialist and a diabetologist. “He suffers from diabetes and there is some stents blockage,” the official added. “He also has stage 3 chronic kidney disease which is very severe.”
Another doctor, who had examined Nawaz during his incarceration at Adiala Jail, said: “He has serious issues which could be life-threatening and are highly concerning."
In December last year, Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference by an accountability court.
A few days earlier, a team of doctors, including cardiologists, had conducted a medical examination of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo at Kot Lakhpat jail.
Blood samples of the former premier were sent to Jinnah Hospital and he had been taken to Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests. Three tests, including echocardiogram (ECG) and Thallium, were conducted of the former premier at PIC and his medical reports showed that his heart was bigger than normal.
Senior doctors had recommended that the former premier be shifted to a hospital.
Following the medical reports, PML-N leaders had criticised the federal and Punjab government for not granted the former premier "proper treatment" and rejecting his "fundamental rights".
Meanwhile, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said, "Such treatment of a three-time prime minister shows the moral degradation of the federal and Punjab government."
"The decision to not handover Nawaz's medical reports to his family is alarming and raises questions," she added.
Aurangzeb demanded that the nation be apprised regarding Nawaz's health and his medical reports be handed over to his family immediately.