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Lahore High Court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds

The Lahore High Court has accepted former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s bail plea in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case on medical grounds against two surety bonds worth Rs 10 million.

Earlier today, the Lahore High Court had directed Dr. Mahmood Ayaz,  head of Medical Board treating former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, to submit fresh medical report at 12:30 PM.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi conducted the hearing. Shehbaz Sharif was present in the court as the proceedings resumed after a break. Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Principal Dr. Mahmood Ayaz submitted Nawaz’s fresh medical report.

According to the presented medical report, “Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician Doctor Adnan has also been included in the six-member medical board that examines the PML-N supremo at 09:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 04:00 PM every day.

Platelets are not yet stable; therefore, we have to give steroids to Nawaz Sharif. The medication needs to be stopped as the disease has not been fully diagnosed. Platelets are being destroyed owing to some disorders.

The bone marrow was functioning normally when the last test was carried out. A fresh examination is required at the moment but we cannot inject a needle in his bone.

Nawaz Sharif’s weight is reduced by five kilograms in two to three months. The medical board has also conducted the erstwhile premier’s dengue test as it has spread across the country”.

The court remarked that the medical report is very vital for everyone. It also inquired whether Nawaz Sharif is able to speak. Advocate Ashtar Ausaf Ali maintained that the PML-N supremo’s condition is critical.

Meanwhile, renowned hematologist and bone-marrow transplant expert Dr. Tahir Sultan Shamsi confirmed that the former premier does not have bone cancer, but rather acute idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government will respect the judiciary’s decision regarding former premier Nawaz Sharif’s medical treatment.

Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid while speaking to the media on Friday, said that PM Imran has instructed her to inform the public that the government will follow and implement whatever decision the courts take on Nawaz’s treatment.

“We [the government] will follow the courts’ orders. We will not compromise on his [Nawaz’s] health,” she asserted.

Saman Siddiqui

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