Nawaz to be shifted to US after initial treatment in UK


–Nawaz likely to fly to London on Monday, Shehbaz to accompany 

After a Lahore High Court (LHC) decision that allows former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to fly out of the country, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said he will accompany the elder Sharif when he will leave for London on Monday.

“Maryam Nawaz, however, will not be going with her father,” said the PML-N chief in a statement released to media.

Giving a reason for his visit to London, the former chief minister said he will undergo a check-up in London over his bad back.

PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said preparations to send Nawaz for treatment were underway.

She said it would take two days for the ex-PM to leave as per the doctors’ advice who would take measures to boost his platelet count and taking measures to prevent cardiovascular complications. She said Nawaz’s medical condition was critical and that doctors were trying their best to prevent an emergency complication during flight.

Meanwhile, an air ambulance in which Nawaz will travel has arrived in the country. It will take a brief stop on the way as it cannot undertake the long journey in a single stroke.

Moreover, Nawaz Sharif will be shifted to a Boston hospital after he seeks initial treatment in the United Kingdom (UK), a private news channel reported on Saturday.

According to Geo News, the former prime minister will most likely fly out of the country on Monday evening.

The report stated that Nawaz will seek treatment for his kidney and heart in the UK. In the US, the former prime minister will be treated for his platelet condition.

Nawaz will be treated in another city in the UK apart from London. Appointments have been made with doctors in the UK and the US, according to sources.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday permitted to remove former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List without any conditions for a time period of four weeks.

On Friday, the LHC called the plea admissible regarding the removal of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s name from the ECL on a conditional basis — the government had said it would allow a ‘one-time permission’ provided Nawaz Sharif deposited surety bonds worth Rs7-7.5 billion.

In its decision, the LHC said that in case Nawaz’s health doesn’t improve then the time-period can be extended, adding that the government officials will be able to contact Nawaz through the Pakistani embassy.