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Nawaz’s Physician Not Sharing Latest Status, His Medical Reports Are Incomplete; Dr Yasmeen Rashid Tells Media

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By Our Web Reporter

LAHORE– Medical Reports of former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif required for extension in his bail are incomplete and inconclusive, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid disclosed during a presser on Tuesday. 

She further said Mian Nawaz Sharif;s bail expired on December 25, 2019 after which the latest status was to be submitted to the court.

The Medical Board constituted for technical advice on Nawaz’s condition has assessed that the reports of his current condition received from his personal physician are incomplete and this has accordingly been shared with the Home Department. 

Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris had pleaded to the court on the expiry of bail that a new Medical Board may be constituted. The Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department directed accordingly and a new Medical Board by Convener Professor Mehmud Ayaz was constituted.

This Board met on January 2 and 3 to assess whether the stay of former Prime Minister in London may be extended on medical grounds or not.

The Medical Board has informed the personal physician of the former Prime Minister that reports are incomplete and inconclusive. “Nothing new has been diagnosed in fresh reports we have received.

They have listed the same complications we had diagnosed earlier and it is not possible to reach a definite conclusion on the developments in the last six weeks.

“The Medical Board has communicated the same to the Home Department that reaching a conclusion is not possible on the basis of the Medical Reports.”

The Home Department has conveyed the same to Nawaz Sharif as well,” she added. “Now we have a situation at hand: the lawyer says his condition is serious and extension in bail may be granted, the medical reports by his personal physicians remain incomplete and inconclusive; meanwhile the patient is spotted in London’s posh eateries.” 

Dr Yasmeen Rashid further said that many voices in media and political circles had criticized the government for risking Nawaz Sharif’s life when he was in Pakistan.

He was allowed to leave the country on humanitarian basis so that he could get treatment to his own satisfaction from the doctors who had treated him earlier in London. 

“Their plea in court for extension in bail is beyond understanding as complete reports are not being sent to us. It is even strange that a patient suffering from multiple serious complications is spotted roaming in restaurants. If his condition has seriously improved, he must come back and face courts legal proceedings,” the Minister said. 

“In any case, the Medical Board has shared its observations with the relevant department. Mian Nawaz must share his true status or else the Home Department may take further necessary action in accordance with the Law,” she added. 

To a question regarding anti-cancer medicines, the minister said that a Third Party Evaluation of the arrangements made by the former government and the company providing medicines were needed for the sake of transparency.

“Our team of experts has engaged all stakeholders and all arrangements of supplies and prices are being reviewed. Meanwhile, medicines are for available patients,” the minister told the questionnaire.