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Nawaz Sharif demands medical facilities in jail

A medical board which examined Nawaz Sharif recommended the immediate shifting of the jailed former Pakistan prime minister to a hospital but the PML-N supremo insisted that the required medical facilities should be provided to him in the jail itself, according to a media report.

Sharif, 68, and his daughter Maryam, 44, are serving jail terms of 10 years and 7 years respectively in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, after an accountability court convicted them on July 6 over the family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London.

A four-member medical board comprising cardiologist Dr Naeem Malik, Medical Specialist Dr. Shaji Siddiqui, neurologist Dr Sohail Tanvir and Dr Mashood examined Sharif to decide about shifting him to the hospital following health related complications, sources said.

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Sharif has multiple health issues like heart problems, hypertension and diabetes. He already underwent open heart surgery in London in 2016.

Citing family sources, Urdu langauge daily ‘Jang’ said that the medical board has recommended to immediately shift Sharif to the hospital, but he insisted that the required medical facilities should be provided to him in the jail itself.

Meanwhile, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain expressed concerns at Sharif’s health conditions and asked the government to ensure his treatment.

In a phone call to Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, the President “expressed concerns” at the health condition of Sharif and asked him to “ensure complete treatment of the former prime minister”, according to a statement issued by the President House.

Sharif’s family and the party also voiced concerns at the reports about his health complications.


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