PM Imran directs CM Buzdar to ensure every health facility for Nawaz's treatment

10:43 AM | 10 Mar, 2019
PM Imran directs CM Buzdar to ensure every health facility for Nawaz's treatment
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday asked Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to ensure that every health facility in the country is made available for former premier minister Nawaz Sharif to get the treatment of his choice.

In a tweet from his personal account, the PM said that "The federal government will assist wherever required," adding that "I wish him good health."

The PM statement came after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) supremo Nawaz Sharif declined Punjab government's offer for the treatment and refused to be shifted to hospital despite insistence from his family members.

Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif also met his elder brother in jail where Nawaz told Shahbaz that doctors said that they cannot provide him with treatment as they do not have the mandate for it, adding that "I will not tolerate government's non-serious behaviour and further humiliation again."

Nawaz said that the government intended to make a mockery of him.

On Saturday, PML-N leader Khawaja Asif threatened that politics would turn violent if anything happens to former premier Nawaz Sharif.

He said that “Nawaz Sharif has never insisted on availing treatment abroad,” adding that “however, the option of sending him abroad for treatment could be considered upon his release from the prison on bail.

Sharif’s daughter and PMLN leader Mariyum Nawaz had also requested the concerned authorities to set up a medical emergency unit at the Kot Lakhpat jail for ailing Nawaz Sharif.

Punjab CM Usman Buzdar, on the request of Maryam Nawaz on Twitter, directed the Punjab government to allocate a mobile cardiac unit for 24 hours for the Kot Lakhpat Jail.

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The elder Sharif was sent to seven years behind bars in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference by the accountability court in Islamabad in December last year.

Nawaz Sharif was also convicted in the Avenfiled reference by the accountability court judge Muhammad Bashir, however, he was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court.

Sharif’s plea for bail on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference conviction was turned down by the Islamabad High Court last month following which he has moved the Supreme Court.

The three-time prime minister has been relocated between Kot Lakhpat Jail and hospital multiple times on the recommendation of the medical board.

He was moved back to the Kot Lakhpat jail from the Jinnah hospital a few weeks ago.