–Shehbaz expresses concerns over Nawaz’s health
–Nawaz pleads IHC to extend stay in hospital
LAHORE: A medical board formed to examine the health of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday suggested him to have an angiography.
Speaking to the media at Jinnah Hospital, Dr Arif Tajammul, the head of the medical board, said that the glucose level and blood pressure of Nawaz were satisfactory. However, the board has recommended the government officials to carry out the angiography, he added.
He said that the former premier had been diagnosed with minor stones in his kidneys, which “is not a cause of serious concern, however, the overall health condition of him is satisfactory”.
“The three-time premier’s angiography needs to be done and the hospital where he is admitted equipped with state of the art machinery but no medical tests can be carried out without the government’s approval,” the physician told reporters.
Separately, PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday voiced concerns over the medical facilities being provided to his elder brother Nawaz.
Speaking to the media after inquiring about the former premier’s health at the Jinnah Hospital where he is being treated, Shehbaz said that he was concerned over the elder Sharif’s health and the treatment being provided to him. He demanded that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial government implement the recommendations of a panel of medical experts constituted to assess the three-time prime minister’s health. He said the Nawaz’s treatment should not be delayed for any reason.
Commenting on India’s propaganda against Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack, he said it was the neighbouring country that was involved in all this. “The Modi government is responsible for whatever is happening in held Kashmir,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz visited the former prime minister at the hospital. PML-N workers also gathered at the medical facility on the occasion. Strict security arrangements were made to cope with any untoward situation, whereas, additional police personnel were also deployed outside the hospital.
NAWAZ PLEADS IHC TO EXTEND HIS STAY IN HOSPITAL:
Earlier on Tuesday, Nawaz filed a plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), submitting that he needs further medical treatment at the hospital.
“I am being discharged from the hospital to be sent back to jail when, in fact, I need further treatment,” Nawaz’s petition read.
In the plea, filed by his counsel Khawaja Haris, the PML-N supremo has sought permission from the court for submitting additional documents about his health condition.
He asked the IHC to allow submission of a report of the three-member special medical board of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and another report of the four-member team of doctors of Jinnah Hospital Lahore. Both the medical boards were formed by the government to look after the health issues of the deposed premier.
The IHC had on Monday adjourned the bail plea of Nawaz on medical grounds till February 20.
Meanwhile, Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Tuesday said that Sharif family is using the illness of incarcerated former premier to gain political advantage.
Speaking the media, Chohan said that “a fuss was made over this matter” while adding that “all the medical reports of Nawaz Sharif are normal”.
The provincial minister pronounced that the former prime minister is making fun of himself. “He refused to stay in the cardiology ward and instead settled in a room in the gynecology ward,” Chohan said.