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Nawaz Sharif leaves for medical treatment in London

Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz sprinkle rose petals on the car carrying Nawaz Sharif, as he makes his way to the airport to travel for a medical treatment in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AP

Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on November 19 left for London in an air ambulance for medical treatment for multiple diseases after the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks and rejected the Imran Khan government’s condition of furnishing an indemnity bond.

Sharif, 69, is accompanied by his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif and his personal physician Adnan Khan. He left for London via Qatar in a “high-end” air ambulance which arrived from Doha.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) spokesperson Marriyum Auranzeb told PTI that Sharif would be taken to Harely Street Clinic upon arrival in London for his treatment and if required he may be shifted to Boston(U.S.) for further treatment.

She said that before the departure the doctors examined Sharif at his Jati Umra residence in Lahore and gave him a heavy dose of steroids and medicines to ensure that his condition remains stable during the travel.

 

An intensive care unit and an operation theatre has been set up in the air ambulance and a team of doctors and paramedics will also be on board, he said in a tweet last night.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had granted a one-time permission to Sharif for four weeks to travel abroad for his treatment provided he submitted indemnity bonds worth ₹700 crore. Sharif challenged this condition in the court terming it ‘illegal’ and a “trap” of prime minister Khan to use them (bonds) for his political gains.

He recently secured eight weeks bail on medical grounds from the Islamabad High Court in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case in which he was serving seven years imprisonment. He also got bail from the LHC in the money laundering case.

He agreed to go to the U.K. for treatment, heeding doctors’ advice and accepting his family’s request. He was scheduled to leave for London on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on November 17 . However, he could not leave as his name figured in the no fly-list.

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