Nawaz continues to suffer from angina: Maryam


–Maryam says her father’s chest pain recurred on Monday night

Maryam Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday she met her father Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat jail where the former prime minister continues to have angina which last recurred on Monday night.

In a tweet, the former premier’s daughter said that due to Nawaz’s present condition, she would not be able to have a meeting with him on Thursday. She also thanked people for their love and support.

She said, “Just got out of Kotlakhpat jail. MNS continues to have angina, last night being the latest recurrence. In view of his health, the (regular) Thursday meeting would not be possible. Thank you very much for your love, prayers & support for MNS.”

It may be noted that angina is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease and is often described as squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest.

After the meeting with Nawaz, she briefly spoke to journalists. She said that during Tuesday’s meeting, they discussed the visit of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto.

Bilawal visited Nawaz on Monday in the Lahore jail between 2-3pm to inquire about his health. The Bilawal-led PPP delegation comprised Hassan Murtaza, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Jameel Soomro, among others.

Bilawal was allowed to meet Nawaz in accordance with the jail manual and regulations, reports said.

Talking to reporters after meeting Nawaz, Bilawal said that he was upset at finding the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo “very ill”. On behalf of the PPP, he said, “I request the incumbent government to provide him with the best treatment up to his demands.”

“Every human has some cultural values despite having political differences, while our religion teaches us to inquire about the health of a person who is suffering from a disease,” he added.

He hoped that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government make a decision on “humanitarian ground” for keeping a heart patient “under pressure and stress is akin to torture”.

He reiterated that he was only visiting to inquire about his health. But being politicians, he said “we did touch upon the Charter of Democracy that he signed with my mother Benazir Bhutto in 2006.”

He lamented that the charter wasn’t being implemented properly.

Speaking of Nawaz’s intention to go abroad, Bilawal said that from his meeting, he received no hint of a “deal”.

“He is upholding his principles and does not appear to be willing to make a compromise,” Bilawal said.

He said that Nawaz is an ideological political and doesn’t want to compromise on his principles. Moreover, he referred to his father and former president Asif Ali Zardari who “spent 11 and a half years in jail” and it was insinuated each time that “he has struck a deal with then-military dictator Pervez Musharraf”.

When asked, Bilawal remarked that he would be interested in meeting Maryam Nawaz Sharif but “at the right time or when it would be appropriate to do so”.

Following the meeting, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam thanked Bilawal for his “thoughtfulness and kind gesture” that “meant a lot to me”. “Prayers and every good wish [for you]. God bless,” she added.


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