Sharif allowed to go abroad for treatment
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.