Sharif al­lowed to go abroad for treat­ment

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la­hore — Pak­istan will al­low Nawaz Sharif to leave the coun­try for med­i­cal treat­ment in the UK, its for­eign min­is­ter said on Thurs­day, though he warned the for­mer prime min­is­ter against seek­ing a sec­ond pe­riod of ex­ile to es­cape cor­rup­tion charges. “Doc­tors are rec­om­mend­ing that he per­haps needs to go abroad for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion,” For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi said. “The PM has said ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble should be done to show his life is pro­tected.” —

la­hore — The Im­ran Khan govern­ment will al­low for­mer prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif to leave the coun­try for med­i­cal treat­ment in the United King­dom, For­eign Min­is­ter Shah Mah­mood Qureshi said on Thurs­day, though he warned the ail­ing leader against seek­ing a sec­ond pe­riod of ex­ile to es­cape cor­rup­tion charges.

“Doc­tors are rec­om­mend­ing that he per­haps needs to go abroad for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion,” Qureshi said in an in­ter­view.

“If that is what the med­i­cal treat­ment re­quires, the govern­ment has been pos­i­tive. The prime min­is­ter has said ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble should be done to show his life is pro­tected.”

Three-time PM Sharif, 69, was re­leased on bail last month from a seven-year sen­tence for cor­rup­tion af­ter re­peated med­i­cal is­sues.

Sharif de­nies the cor­rup­tion charges, claim­ing they are po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

He pre­vi­ously lived in ex­ile in Saudi Ara­bia for seven years af­ter be­ing top­pled by the mil­i­tary in 2000, though Qureshi urged Sharif to re­turn to com­plete his sen­tence.

“If their hands are clean, why should they be run­ning away?” he

said of the pos­si­bil­ity Sharif may seek a sec­ond pe­riod of ex­ile.

“I hope he recovers. When he recovers, why should he be stick­ing around in Lon­don? There’s no logic, there’s no rea­son for that.”

Sharif’s party, the Pak­istan Mus­lim League-Nawaz, de­clined to com­ment on Qureshi’s re­marks. But two se­nior party fig­ures who de­clined to be named said it was now likely that Sharif would travel abroad for treat­ment, adding that he would not seek ex­ile for a sec­ond time.

Ear­lier, a Sharif aide said the fam­ily of the for­mer prime min­is­ter for­mally ap­proached the in­te­rior min­istry ask­ing the govern­ment to al­low Sharif to travel abroad for med­i­cal treat­ment.

Mean­while, Sharif’s per­sonal physi­cian Ad­nan Khan tweeted on Fri­day that the for­mer premier was “crit­i­cally un­well”. “The un­ex­plained cause & un­cer­tain di­ag­no­sis com­pli­cates the over­all clin­i­cal sce­nario re­quir­ing ad­vanced in­ves­ti­ga­tions & spe­cialised care”, he added.

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