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Pakistan

Web Desk
January 14, 2020

Punjab govt seeks Nawaz’s latest reports after London café photo

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif should submit an updated report regarding his health to authorities since the relief granted to him for medical treatment abroad had expired.

The health minister made the statement while speaking to reporters in Lahore on Wednesday afternoon. The provincial minister said that photos of him dining out in London were now creating controversy.

Nawaz had been given one-time permission on medical grounds by the Lahore High Court for four weeks in November to travel aboard for treatment.

The relief granted to the former premier expired on December 25, the minister said. 

Earlier this week, photos of him [Nawaz] allegedly dining out with his family members in London sparked controversy, and Rashid referenced those photos in her presser.

"Everyone has seen the viral photos of Nawaz Sharif on social media. We have asked Dr Adnan (Nawaz's physician) to tell us whether the leisurely outings of the former premier have anything to do with his health condition," Rashid said in apparent reference to said photos.

On December 25, the former premier's legal team had submitted a report to authorities in Pakistan detailing the health of the former premier and asked the court to extend his bail on medical grounds. Rashid also brought up the report in her press conference as well.

"The report does not mention anything new related to the treatment being accorded to Nawaz Sharif," she told reporters. "We have written to the home department that we cannot give any opinion on the report," she said on behalf of the provincial health authorities.

Rashid said that she had talked to Sharif's personal physician twice during the previous day and told him that the bail given to his patient had been on humanitarian and health grounds. "Nawaz Sharif seems fine on first glance," Rashid said, apparently referring to the leaked photos.

The health minister also dismissed suggestions that the former premier had been out for a breath of fresh air when the photos were taken, saying that "sick people do not go out to dine at restaurants for fresh air, unless the air at the restaurant has some special oxygen".

"I have asked Dr Adnan to submit a new report on behalf of Nawaz Sharif. If Sharif is undergoing some treatment in London, we should be informed. The new report should indicate what tests Sharif has had done, and what treatment he is undergoing currently for his sickness," Rashid remarked.

The provincial minister clarified that if the former premier did not cooperate with the government, the interior ministry would take action. She added that if Nawaz's treatment had been completed, he should return to Pakistan, and if not, the new reports should be sent to the government. 

Separately, Nawaz's personal physician, Dr Adnan also tweeted that the former prime minister's latest medical report along with copies of Rubidium Cardiac PET-CT Scan, Echocardiogram and  Holter Analysis had been submitted this morning to the government authorities.