Nawaz Sharif unable to travel,
medical report submitted in LHC

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LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been in London for over a year citing health grounds, has submitted a fresh medical report signed by one Dr David Lawrence – a cardiothoracic surgeon — to the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The three-page report submitted to the high court stated that the doctors treating Nawaz have barred him from travelling, visiting public spaces – airports and planes – and staying “very close to healthcare facilities where he is currently under treatment”.

Nawaz Sharif

The report was submitted a week after the UK government rejected a plea filed by Nawaz seeking an extension for his stay in London.

In the report, Dr Lawrence said Nawaz was under his “treatment and medical supervision intermittently since 2016″ when he performed a coronary artery bypass surgery on the former premier.

“In November 2019, he [Nawaz] was referred…for treatment because of unavailability of specific expertise, technologies, and techniques to treat his diseases along with co-morbidities and associated complications,” the report said, adding that Nawaz has “complex and complicated” medical issues.

“Great care needs to be exercised in dealing with each of the disease and comorbidities he is suffering from in order to maintain the right balance,” Dr Lawrence wrote in the report.

At present, an experienced team of haematologists at the Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital and the cardiologists at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital are looking after the former prime minister in London, the report added.

“Prior to this latest referral Mr [Nawaz] Sharif has been getting treatment here in London for many years,” it said.

Nawaz Sharif

The medical report further said: “In London, Mr [Nawaz] Sharif underwent extensive medical investigations and scans, including periodic laboratory assays – Rubidium-82 Cardiac Perfusion PET-CT scan (Rest & Stress), echocardiogram and 24-hours Holter analysis. He [Nawaz] had an echocardiogram showing left ventricular hypertrophy and dysfunction (EF 49%) and Aortic Valve Disease (mild AS) and 24-hour Holter analysis [was] reported abnormal with conduction defects (first degree AV Block & BBB morphology) having occasional law atrial rates, aberrant conduction, and ectopic activity.”

Visa extension rejected

Last week, the British government rejected a visa extension request by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif. The UK Home Office informed Nawaz of its decision, saying that the former premier reserved the right to appeal against the decision. Following the decision, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid urged Nawaz to return and face cases.

The minister had said that Nawaz’s passport had been revoked by the government on February 16. Last week, the UK government also rejected his request for an extension in his visa. “Nawaz Sharif has two options: appeal or seek political asylum,” Rashid had said, hoping that the former prime minister would not opt for the latter.

Nawaz, serving a seven-year prison term after his conviction in December 2018, was given rare permission in October 2019 to get medical treatment abroad in view of a debilitating health condition.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC), however, had declared him a proclaimed offender on December 2, 2020, after he failed to appear before a bench – originally formed to hear his appeals against his convictions – despite various notices.