ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday sought details about the health condition of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif from Punjab government.
This was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan in her latest tweet.
She said the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to provide Nawaz Sharif the best medical facilities according to the desire of his family members.
Imran Khan also expressed prayers and good wishes for the health of Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier today, a Services Hospital’s medical board, tasked to examine former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s health and provide him necessary medical care, expressed satisfaction over rehabilitation as Sharif’s platelets crossed 30,000 level.
Reportedly, doctors have transfused four mega units of platelets into Sharif.
On Monday night, Sharif was rushed to the hospital after his platelets had dropped to a dangerously low level with his doctors raising alarming concerns.
Dr Adnan Khan, Sharif’s personal doctor, had raised alarm about the former premier’s deteriorating health, urging the government to immediately shift him to a hospital for treatment.
Doctors initially believed Sharif had contracted dengue fever, which is rampant in Pakistan.
Later, the National Accountability Bureau stated that his condition was "under control" and dengue test results were negative.
In a press release issued by NAB Lahore following the former premier’s visit to the hospital, the accountability watchdog had said that Sharif’s platelets had decreased "allegedly due to provision of medicine which makes blood thin that was suggested by Dr Adnan Khan, who is his personal physician".
The accountability watchdog had said Sharif had been shifted to Services Hospital for a complete medical check and in order to increase his platelet levels.
"A team of doctors have been deputed to provide him round the clock medical facilities without fail," the press release had stated, adding that his physician had spent three hours with Nawaz on Monday.
"Therefore, the impression being given in media that NAB has not given him permission to see Nawaz Sharif is not correct and totally baseless. Media is requested to kindly avoid spreading speculations without consulting [NAB’s] spokesman," the bureau had mentioned.
After his arrest in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, the PML-N’s supremo had been shifted from Kot Lakhpat jail – where he is serving a seven-year term in Al-Azizia case – to NAB’s Lahore building. The bureau obtained his physical remand till Oct 25.
Sharif was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges and seven years on a separate money laundering charge. He is also under investigation on other corruption allegations. Sharif has appealed the two convictions, insisting on his innocence.
In related developments, Sharif’s son-in-law, Mohammad Safdar, was arrested on Monday after he alleged that Sharif was being slowly poisoned — a charge that Pakistani authorities promptly denied.
The National Accountability Bureau, which oversees investigations into corruption allegations, had questioned Sharif for the past week on corruption charges in connection with a sugar mill in which he held controlling shares while serving as prime minister.
The charges also allege that other members of his family, including his daughter Maryam Nawaz, retained shares. Sharif’s daughter is appealing an earlier conviction on corruption charges against her. She was sentenced to seven years for her involvement in the purchase of apartments in London but is now out on bail during the appeal process.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has been relentless in pursuit of corruption cases but has come under fire for focusing most of its attention on its opponents.