Govt likely to shift Nawaz to Services Hospital: reports

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Incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to be shifted to Lahore’s Services Hospital amid deteriorating health, media reports said Friday.

According to reports, orders have been issued to beef up the security arrangements at the hospital before the arrival of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo.

Nawaz is expected to be shifted to the hospital if his condition deteriorates further.

Earlier, a medical board had examined Nawaz and sent his report to the Home Department in which they recommended to shift the former PM to a hospital.

The medical board carried out an examination of Nawaz at the Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The instructions of the medical board to shift Nawaz were given considering his heart issues so that he can be treated properly.

Previously, a medical board of Jinnah Hospital had declared that Nawaz “is not completely well and he should be shifted to hospital from jail to get optimal treatment for his heart complications.”

Maryam Nawaz had said that the report of Jinnah Hospital medical board declares her father’s disease as “life-threatening”.

A special medical board of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology earlier said Nawaz had vague symptoms of pain in both arms, particularly at night and numbness of toes.

In September 2017, Nawaz was tried in three corruption case launched. He was first convicted and sentenced for 10 years in July last year in a case related to Avenfield properties in London. The Islamabad High Court granted him bail in the case in September.

He was later convicted in the Al-Azizia case in December 2018.

The cases were launched on the orders of the Supreme Court which had ousted Nawaz as premier in July, 2017 in connection with a case related to the Panama Papers.