Pak­istan’s ex-PM Sharif fight­ing for life: Doc­tor

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Islamabad, Pak­istan - For­mer Pak­istan prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif is ‘ crit­i­cally un­well’, his doc­tor said on Tues­day, days af­ter the three-time leader now serv­ing a pri­son sen­tence for cor­rup­tion suf­fered a mi­nor heart at­tack.

Sharif is cur­rently in hos­pi­tal in the eastern city of La­hore, where he is ‘crit­i­cally un­well’ and is ‘fight­ing the bat­tle for his health & life’, his per­sonal physi­cian, Ad­nan Khan, tweeted on Tues­day. As his condition wors­ened, the Islamabad High Court on Tues­day ef­fec­tively ex­tended his bail for two months to al­low him ac­cess to med­i­cal care.

Sharif re­mains on a ‘stop list’, mean­ing he can­not leave the coun­try for the time be­ing.

Mem­bers of Sharif’s Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party mean­while bris­tled at the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s treat­ment by Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan’s gov­ern­ment, who had boasted of de­priv­ing his ri­val of ba­sic ameni­ties in pri­son.

“Sharif’s condition de­te­ri­o­rated be­cause of Im­ran Khan’s vengeance against the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter. Let it be known to ev­ery­one that, God for­bid, if some­thing hap­pens to Sharif, Khan will be re­spon­si­ble for the con­se­quences,” se­nior leader PML-N leader Ah­san Iqbal said.

In ad­di­tion to the mi­nor heart at­tack, Sharif has a low platelet count, both of which are be­ing fur­ther com­pli­cated by ‘de­te­ri­o­rat­ing kid­ney func­tions’, Ad­nan Khan said.

He said poor blood sugar and blood pres­sure con­trol was tak­ing its toll, adding that ‘es­tab­lish­ing a de­fin­i­tive di­ag­no­sis and sub­se­quent man­age­ment poses con­sid­er­able risk to #NawazShari­f’s frag­ile and un­sta­ble health’.

The 69 year old for­mer prime min­is­ter, known as the ‘Lion of Pun­jab’, was first taken to hos­pi­tal last week when his blood platelet count dropped to danger­ous lev­els.

Sharif, Pak­istan’s longest­serv­ing prime min­is­ter, is a po­lit­i­cal sur­vivor who has re­peat­edly roared back to the coun­try’s top of­fice, un­der­scor­ing the un­pre­dictable na­ture of Pakistani pol­i­tics.

A hugely wealthy steel ty­coon from Pun­jab, Pak­istan’s wealth­i­est prov­ince, he was con­sid­ered strong on the econ­omy and in­fra­struc­ture, but in­her­ited sag­ging fi­nances and a sti­fling en­ergy cri­sis when he was elected for the third time in 2013.

Seen as a prag­ma­tist in the West, he raised eye­brows by call­ing for peace talks with the Pakistani Tal­iban, blamed for killing thou­sands of Pak­ista­nis since 2002.

He earned a rep­u­ta­tion for com­bat­ive­ness dur­ing his two pre­vi­ous terms as prime min­is­ter, from 1990 to 1993 - when he was sacked, also on cor­rup­tion charges - and from 1997 to 1999, when he was de­posed by the pow­er­ful mil­i­tary.


This file photo shows Pak­istan’s for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif ad­dress­ing the 70th Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly at the UN in New York on Septem­ber 30, 2015


Sup­port­ers of Pak­istan’s for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif shout slo­gans out­side a hos­pi­tal, in La­hore on Satur­day

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