Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s Condition Serious, Needs Immediate Treatment: Doctor Tells Islamabad HC

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo Credit: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

A doctor on Friday (25 October) informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that Nawaz Sharif's health condition was dangerous, prompting it to adjourn a hearing of a petition seeking suspension of the former Prime Ministers sentence in a corruption case and bail on medical grounds.

The petition was filed on Thursday (23 October) by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and the former premier's brother Shehbaz Sharif, reports The Express Tribune.

A two-member bench consisting Justices Amir Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard the petition and inquired about the former prime minister's health, to which Services Hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Saleem Cheema - a member of the medical boards - responded that Nawaz Sharif's condition was dangerous.

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The doctor also noted that several tests needed to be conducted but have been put on hold until the PML-N supremo feels better.

"If immediate treatment is not done, his life is in danger," he added.

The hearing was adjourned as the five-day treatment cycle of Nawaz Sharif will end on 29 October and doctors would be in a better position to report on the former premier's health.

Cheema added that the three-time Prime Minister suffers from high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiac ailments, besides being tested positive for acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

Nawaz Sharif, who had been shifted from the Kot Lakhpat Jail where he is serving seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia corruption case to the NAB's Lahore building following his arrest in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, was hospitalised on Monday (21 October) night after a decline in his platelet count.

On Wednesday (23 October) night, Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, who has been lodged in a Lahore jail, had gone to the hospital to meet her father after taking permission from the Punjab government. However, she was admitted to the hospital after reportedly experiencing high blood pressure following her meet with ailing father.

However, according to officials of Nawaz Sharif’s party PML-N, Maryam was sent back to the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore on Thursday (24 October) morning.

(With inputs from IANS)

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