Lahore (Staff Report): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has refused to be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore and insisted to send him back to Kot Lakhpat jail.
An official quoted the ex-premier as having said, “I have already been treated at the PIC and I am not interested in going there again. It is better if I am shifted back to the jail.”
Earlier, the Services Hospital’s medical board has recommended that former prime minister should be shifted to a cardiac institute.
Mahmood Ayaz, in-charge of the medical board, said, “We examined Nawaz Sharif and carried out his tests related to blood count, hormones, bio-chemistry, radiology, heart, kidneys, brain and eyes. He also underwent CT scan, ultrasound and Colour Doppler tests at the Services Hospital. After examining all results, the medical board has reached a unanimous decision that Mr Sharif needs some kind of cardiac intervention. For the purpose he should be shifted to a cardiac institute.”
On Saturday, ousted PM was shifted to Lahore's Services Hospital from Kot Lakhpat jail.
Earlier, the Punjab government decided to shift incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to Lahore’s Services Hospital from Kot Lakhpat jail.
The home department of the Punjab government sent a notification to the Kot Lakhpat jail authorities and directed them to shift the former PM to hospital.
A special medical board constituted to monitor Nawaz Sharif’s health recommended on Friday that the former premier be shifted to a hospital from prison.
Last month, the board conducted a detailed examination of the former premier at Kot Lakhpat Jail.
The board comprising cardiac experts from Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) and Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology (RIC) examined the health of Nawaz.
On January 22, former PM Nawaz Sharif underwent a medical examination at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
According to medical sources, three tests namely ECG, echocardiogram and Thallium of the former premier were conducted. “The echocardiogram report showed that Nawaz’s heart is larger than normal,” they said.
The former PM had earlier also moved the IHC seeking a suspension in the seven-year jail term handed to him in the Al-Azizia reference. His petition has been fixed for hearing on February 18.
On Dec 24, 2018, the Accountability Court 2 of Islamabad had handed a seven-year rigorous imprisonment to Nawaz Sharif along with a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills/Hill Metal Establishment reference. It had, however, acquitted him in the Flagship Investment reference.