ISLAMABAD: The administration of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) was occupied all day Sunday in its efforts to prepare a suitable and secure room for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, local media reports have informed.
Doctors occupied by the situation included Pims Executive Director Dr Raja Amjad, Dr Akhtar Ali, Dr Mohammad Faisal, Dr Aneeza Jalil and Dr Waseem Khawaja.
A doctor from the hospital, under the condition of anonymity, said that it was initially decided that Sharif would be admitted to bed no 1 in the coronary care unit, but an hour later it was decided that he should be admitted elsewhere.
“After that, a proposal was made to admit the patient to a private ward on the ground floor where Asif Zardari was admitted years ago when he was in jail and fell ill,” the doctor said.
Then Sharif was to be admitted to a presidential suite on the second floor. Arrangements were made but the proposal was rejected because there were no iron grills on the windows and there was an open area there, he said.
“Finally it was decided to admit Sharif to the second floor of the Cardiac Care Centre. Although there were CCTV cameras and other security arrangements there, intelligence agencies installed their own cameras and brought a walk-through gate and mobile phone jammer or blocker,” he said.
Records of staff and those performing duties were also collected by intelligence agencies and security departments, and a clear instruction was given not to change staff, he said.
Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were sent to Adiala Jail on July 13.
A team from the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology had initially suggested moving Sharif to the hospital, after which a PIMS medical board was established to carry out a medical examination and submit a report on whether he should be admitted to the hospital.