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Wednesday Mar 06 2019

'Neither have I begged for treatment, nor will ask for it', Nawaz tells family

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo and three-time prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif says, "I will prefer to die honourably, but humiliation is unacceptable." — Geo News FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, who remains incarcerated at Kot Lakhpat prison, Wednesday told his family members that neither had he begged the government for his treatment, nor would he ask for it.

The former prime minister has been imprisoned at Kot Lakhpat jail since December 2018 following his conviction in a corruption reference in line with the Supreme Court’s July 2017 verdict. 

Nawaz's mother, his brother Shehbaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz met the former premier today to convince him to be shifted to hospital.

"Neither have I begged for treatment, nor will I ask for it. Politics is being done in the name of treatment," Nawaz told visiting members of his family.

"The insulting behaviour of the government is not acceptable," he said, adding he was being taken to one hospital from another.

The former premier lamented that his treatment was initiated despite reports from five medical boards.

"The government has not yet provided any treatment facility, [I am] only being troubled," he said. "I will prefer to die honourably, but humiliation is unacceptable."

The family said that Nawaz Sharif was not ready to go to hospital despite cardiac issues.

Requesting his mother to return home, the former premier asked her to pray for him, saying, "Whatever would be the will of Almighty Allah, it would happen."

Speaking to media, Shehbaz confirmed that his elder brother's condition was unsatisfactory.

"Nawaz is suffering from pains in his arm repeatedly, which is an alarming symptom," Shehbaz told newsmen.

He further said there would be no meetings with the former prime minister in jail on Thursday, owing to his condition.

On Tuesday, Maryam had shared that Nawaz's condition was life-threatening and that he had had four angina attacks in the last week.

Her father had not been offered any treatment even when he was taken to the hospital and kept there for days, she had revealed.