Board formed to
examine Nawaz Sharif
medical reports


LAHORE: The specialised healthcare and medical education department on Friday constituted a nine-member special medical board to examine the documents submitted as medical reports of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif by his physician Dr David Lawrence.

The board convened by professor of medicine Dr Mohammad Arif Naeem has been constituted on the instructions of the federal cabinet to examine the reports submitted by Mr Sharif’s physician and render expert medical opinion regarding the patient’s physical condition and his ability to travel back to Pakistan.

Nawaz Sharif had left for the UK in November 2019 after the Lahore High Court granted him a four-week bail for his treatment.

PML-N Supremo and three-time prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif talking to reporters in London. Next to him stands former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

The board members are Prof Dr Ghiasun Nabi Tay­yab, Prof Dr Saqib Saeed, Prof Dr Shahid Hameed, Prof Dr Bilal S. Mohydin, Prof Dr Ambareen Hamid, Prof Dr Shafiqur Rehman, Prof Dr Moona Aziz and Dr Khadija Irfan Khwaja.

The board has been directed to submit its report/expert medical opinion to the specialised healthcare secretary within five days.

It is pertinent to mention here that the federal cabinet has decided to expedite the procedure of returning of supremo of PML-N and three-time prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. The government will approach the Lahore High Court (LHC) to seek disqualification of the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif for submitting a ‘fake affidavit” and over his failure to bring his brother – convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif – back to Pakistan from London.

In the press conference after the cabinet’s meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the government, through the attorney general for Pakistan, will request the court to direct Shehbaz to either take steps to bring his brother back or be disqualified for submitting a fake affidavit, which is a violation of Article 63 of the Constitution.

The federal information minister said that the cabinet has given a go-ahead for seeking legal action against the PML-N President as he had guaranteed the return of his brother after receiving medical treatment from abroad within a stipulated time, but that has not happened.

“Shehbaz was fully involved in sending Nawaz Sharif abroad,” the minister said, adding the drama that was staged over Nawaz’s health was false.

ISLAMABAD: PML-N Supremo and Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif talking to Maulana Fazlur Rehman (PDM leader) and Maulana Asad Mufti at their residence in Islamabad.

Terming the ex-premier’s departure a ‘fraud’, Fawad said that the three-time ex-PM allegedly got no treatment abroad in the last 17 months and the medical reports that he sent to the Punjab government were rejected because they didn’t match the previous reports.

In November 2019, Nawaz had left the country after he signed a court-approved undertaking, saying that he would return to the country within four weeks. Shehbaz too had signed an undertaking, that stated he would “ensure the return” of his brother “within four weeks or on certification by doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return back to Pakistan”.

Nawaz was allowed to leave the country for a period of four weeks, extendable on the basis of medical reports. Back then, the government had agreed to allow Nawaz to travel abroad, with the condition that indemnity bonds amounting to Rs7-7.5 billion be furnished.

The PML-N had rejected the condition and had taken the matter to the LHC, which ordered the federal government to remove Nawaz’s name from the Exit Control List without any conditions.

He left for London after he was released on bail from a seven-year sentence for corruption. Later, upon his failure to appear before different courts, he was declared a proclaimed offender.

The government now believes that Nawaz was staying in London despite being healthy and should therefore, be brought back.

Meanwhile, the information minister said that the cabinet after being briefed about the Covid-19 situation has expressed the resolve to not impose lockdowns this time around, keeping the country’s economic situation in view.