Govt to form medical board to determine Nawaz’s fitness to travel
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In a bid to bring the former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, back from London where he had gone for his medical treatment, the government has decided to set up a Board to review eight medical reports submitted by him to the Lahore High Court (LHC) to prove his multiple illnesses, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.
According to a copy of the letter written by Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan to the Punjab home secretary, which City42 TV channel has managed to obtain and shared with sister organization 24News TV channel, the Board will also give its expert opinion not only on the authenticity of these reports but also different activities the three-time prime minister is carrying on in London despite claiming that he is sick.
The AGP says in the letter that he is writing in light of the decision taken at the federal cabinet’s meeting held on January 11, 2022.
The letter reads that the two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) had on November 16, 2019 allowed Nawaz Sharif to proceed abroad, and that both Nawaz and his younger brother, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif had submitted an affidavit in the court, in which they assured the government that the former prime minister would return from London within four weeks.
The letter further reads that the medical reports submitted by Nawaz then showed that he was critically ill. “But on the contrary, once Nawaz reached the UK capital, he did not get himself admitted to a hospital even once, but continued his political activities there,” the letter says and adds that this shows that he is fit to travel to Pakistan. “Apart from that, as per the statements of Shehbaz and immediate family members of the former prime minister, he is feeling better now. Therefore, a medical board be constituted which will give a final word on Nawaz’s health,” reads the letter.
Reporter Malik Ashraf