Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for medical treatment

Agencies | Published: 00:30, Nov 09,2019


Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan will allow Nawaz Sharif to leave the country for medical treatment, its foreign minister told Reuters in an interview on Thursday, reports Reuters.

‘Doctors are recommending that he perhaps needs to go abroad for further examination,’ foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said.

‘If that is what the medical treatment requires, the government has been positive. The prime minister has said everything possible should be done to show his life is protected.’

Three-time PM Sharif, 69, was released on bail last month from a seven-year sentence for corruption after repeated medical issues.

The family of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif are trying to get a travel ban against him lifted so that he can go abroad for medical treatment, one of his close aides said, reports AFP.

Sharif, Pakistan’s longest-serving prime minister, was ousted from his third term in office in 2017 and later imprisoned on corruption charges.

But his health has deteriorated in prison. Last month, he suffered a minor heart attack, his party said, adding that he is suffering from an autoimmune blood disorder.

Sharif also suffers from high blood pressure and his kidney functions are deteriorating, according to aides.

His doctor has claimed via Twitter that Sharif is ‘fighting for his life’.

Sharif has been bailed for health reasons and remains at a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, but a ban remains in place forbidding him from travelling abroad.

‘The family of the former prime minister on Thursday formally approached the interior ministry asking the government to allow Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment,’ a Sharif aide said on condition of anonymity.

Interior ministry officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A senior government official said the issue was being referred to the cabinet.

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