Nawaz re­fuses to visit hos­pi­tal for treat­ment

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY TARIQ BUTT

IS­LAM­ABAD: For­mer prime min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif has re­fused to ac­cept his per­sonal physi­cian’s ad­vice for go­ing out of the Kot Lakh­pat jail La­hore for med­i­cal tests in a hos­pi­tal.

Sharif’s per­sonal physi­cian Dr Ad­nan vis­ited him in the prison and ex­am­ined him. The doc­tor ad­vised Sharif to come out of the jail and be shifted to a hos­pi­tal for un­der­go­ing tests but Sharif re­fused and said he wanted that his tests be con­ducted in the prison.

Dr Ad­nan ad­vised him to un­dergo ECG and other blood tests out of the jail after mov­ing to hos­pi­tal. On Sharif’s in­sis­tence to un­dergo the tests in the jail, his tests and ECG are ex­pected to be car­ried out in the next 24 hours.

Sharif was suf­fer­ing from high fever and body pain, on which, a re­quest was made to the jail au­thor­i­ties for pro­vid­ing him with treat­ment fa­cil­ity by his per­sonal physi­cians. After the tests are done, Dr Ad­nan will visit the jail to see Sharif.

The doc­tor was al­lowed to see Sharif after the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment gave him the per­mis­sion to do so in the wake of com­plaints of ill­ness.

The thrice elected for­mer prime min­is­ter is in jail since Dec 24 when an ac­count­abil­ity court of Is­lam­abad con­victed him to seven years’ im­pris­on­ment in a ref­er­ence iled by the Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau (NAB).

De­spite be­ing ill, Sharif’s re­fusal is meant to con­vey a clear mes­sage to his tor­men­tors that he was not scared of im­pris­on­ment and would face it with courage

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