Punjab asked to review Nawaz’s medical report and public activities

ISLAMABAD:

The Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP), Khalid Jawed Khan, has written a letter to the Punjab Home Ministry, seeking the opinion of a medical commission on the health condition of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, given the new medical report he submitted to the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The three-page medical report – written by Dr Fayaz Shawl, an Indian-American cardiologist – was submitted to the LHC on Tuesday. He advises Nawaz not to undertake any journey “without undergoing definitive treatment in London”.

“If he [Sharif] returns to solitary confinement, he may develop what we call takotsubo syndrome due to a stressful environment” and this could have “devastating consequences”, Dr Shawl warned in the report.

The letter available with The Express Grandstand mentioned the observations of the medical commission formed by the Punjab government last month to review the medical reports of Nawaz, who is currently residing in London for medical treatment.

“The attached photocopied documents (29 pages) do not provide any information on his [Nawaz] current clinical evaluation, blood reports, imaging results and all interventional procedures performed to date, says the letter referencing the report submitted by the medical board.

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Therefore, he added that the special medical commission was unable to give structured advice or a considered opinion on Nawaz’s current physical condition and ability to travel.

The AGP asked the provincial government to review Nawaz’s latest medical report to “assess in view of all known and reported facts and public activities of Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to form an opinion, if any, at this topic”.

“Once the expert medical opinion is available, this office will proceed in accordance with the court order,” the letter said.

Last month, the PGA sternly warned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chairman Shehbaz Sharif that contempt proceedings would be brought against him if he failed to provide medical reports on his elder brother and party leader Nawaz Sharif within 10 days.

The AGP office, in a letter, said that, in accordance with Shehbaz’s commitment to the LHC, he was required to provide the court with “duly notarized” regular medical reports of his brother.

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It appears from the observations of the special medical commission formed by the government of Punjab to examine the medical reports of the Supreme Leader of the PML-N, the letter points out, that Shehbaz has not fulfilled his obligation in accordance with his solemn undertaking and the court order.

In November 2019, Nawaz, who is convicted in a corruption case, left the country after signing a court-approved recognizance, saying he would return to the country within four weeks. Shehbaz had also signed a pledge stating that he would “secure the return” of his brother “within four weeks or upon certification by doctors that he has recovered his health and is fit to return to Pakistan”.