Maryam seeks emergency medical unit in jail for ailing Nawaz


–Former PM’s daughter says being a three-time PM of Pakistan, Nawaz deserved best medical care for ‘worsening heart condition’


Incarcerated ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz on Friday appealed the government to establish an “immediate resuscitation and lifesaving unit on jail premises” for her ailing father, saying that being a three-time prime minister of the country, Nawaz deserved best medical care for his worsening heart condition.

Taking to micro-blogging website Twitter on Friday, Maryam said: “Being a three-time prime minister and leader of the biggest political party and of millions of people, this is the least he deserves.”

The statement comes hours after Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician Dr Adnan examined the former at the Kot Lakhpat Jail. He also supplied medicines to the former premier.

Dr Adnan stressed upon the need of an immediate medical treatment for Sharif’s cardiac disease. He stated the cardiologists believe the former prime minister’s disease had worsened and he required hospitalisation for cardiac catheritisation and possible intervention.

The Sharif family has been trying to convince the former premier to shift to the hospital for cardiac treatment over the past few weeks but Nawaz is refusing to do so citing the inhumane attitude of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.

During a meeting with his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday, Nawaz said that he would prefer an “honourable death” instead of allowing the government to exploit his medical condition for “petty gain”.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the Punjab government to provide the “best medical treatment” to the imprisoned former premier.

Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry, in a tweet, said that PM Imran had directed the provincial government to implement all the recommendations of the medical board formed to examine the health of top PML-N leader.

An accountability court sentenced three-time prime minister to seven years imprisonment in Al-Azizia reference in December last year.