Fly to UK for treatment Former Guilty Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif

India Daily Post: Nawaz Sharif was admitted to the Services Hospital in Lahore on October 22 from Pakistan’s anti-graft body’s custody after his platelets dropped to a critical low level of 2,000.

Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has heeded doctors’ advice and given in to his family’s request to fly to London in the United Kingdom (UK) for the treatment of his diseases, a media report said on Friday.

The development comes a day after it was reported that the 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League (N) supreme may travel to London for further treatment along with his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif.

Nawaz Sharif was shifted to his Jati Umra Raiwind residence in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday after his two-week stay at a Pakistani hospital for treatment of multiple diseases.

Nawaz Sharif was admitted to the Services Hospital in Lahore on October 22 from Pakistan’s anti-graft body’s custody after his platelets dropped to a critical low level of 2,000.

“Nawaz Sharif has finally agreed to go to London after the doctors told him categorically that they had already exhausted all medical treatment [options] available in Pakistan and going abroad is the only option left,” a Nawaz Sharif family member told the Dawn newspaper.

The family member said that Nawaz Sharif might leave for London this week if his name was removed from the Exit Control List by the government.

“Though Mr. Sharif was not ready to go abroad after the recommendations of the medical board of the Services Hospital and the medics of the Sharif Medical City and the ‘request’ of his family members, he has finally agreed,” the report quoted the member of the Nawaz Sharif family as saying.

The member of the Nawaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz would not go with her father as she had surrendered her passport to the Lahore High Court as surety against the bail granted to her in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption case.

“At the moment Nawaz Sharif’s health matters more as he is fighting for his life. Maryam Nawaz may explore the option of going to London to look after her father later,” the member of the Nawaz Sharif said.

Speaking to reporters during her appearance at Lahore’s accountability court for the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case hearing, Maryam said Nawaz Sharif should go abroad for his treatment at the earliest.

“Nawaz Sharif’s health is very critical,” Maryam was quoted as saying by Geo News. Asked if any request was put forward for the removal of her and the former premier’s name from the ECL, Maryam said, “I don’t know. I will look into it when I go home,” adding that her uncle Shehbaz, president of PML(N) was looking into the matter.

“Politics will go on but parents will not be around,” Maryam said, adding that she was worried about her father’s health.

Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom died of throat cancer in London last year.

Maryam was released on bail on Wednesday after her lawyers fulfilled requirements set forth by the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Another local media report said the Sharif family approached the Ministry of Interior, requesting the removal of Nawaz Sharif’s name from the ECL to pave way for the three-time prime minister to fly abroad for medical treatment.

Nawaz Sharif suffered an angina attack during his hospitalization and also suffers from diabetes.

Nawaz Sharif was lodged in the Kot Lakh pat jail but last month he was sent to the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which is probing the Sharif family in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption case.

On December 24, 2018, an accountability court had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case and acquitted him in the Flagship case.

On October 25, the Lahore High Court granted bail to Nawaz Sharif in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case who was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with an acute immune disorder.

On October 29, the Islamabad High Court suspended Nawaz Sharif’s sentence in the Al-Azizia corruption case for eight weeks on medical grounds.