Court turns down Maryam’s request to meet Nawaz at hospital


LAHORE: An accountability court on Wednesday rejected a request by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz to be granted an hour to meet former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently admitted in Services Hospital.

The request was made during court proceedings in the ongoing Chaudhry Sugar Mills case where the former premier is also a nominee.

During the proceedings on Wednesday, the court asked the NAB investigation officer, when a reference would be filed in the case, to which he responded that the reference had entered the final stages of preparation and would be filed after approval from the bureau’s chairman.

Subsequently, Accountability Judge Chaudhry Ameer Mohammad Khan extended the judicial remand of Maryam and her cousin, Yousaf Abbas Sharif, till Oct 25.

A day earlier, Sharif underwent a platelet transfusion at the hospital after the Bureau said his condition was stable and that dengue test results were negative. However, doctors had termed his condition as “serious” despite the transfusion of three mega units of platelets within hours after his admission.

Sharif, who is serving a seven-year imprisonment in Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference, was rushed to the hospital late Monday night after his condition significantly deteriorated. The decision to shift him to a hospital was made after his personal physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, had raised an alarm about Sharif’s critical condition in NAB custody.

According to the medical tests carried out yesterday, the platelet count of the former premier “dropped from 16,000 to a critical level of 2,000” when he was brought to hospital, prompting the medical board members to go for “immediate transfusion of the platelets to save his life”, according to one of the board members.

Meanwhile, PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has rebuffed reports of Sharif going abroad for medical treatment.

“There is absolutely no truth in reports of former premier travelling abroad for a checkup,” she said in a media talk.