A day after former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif was admitted to hospital, his personal physician has advised the interim government to send him to London for further treatment.
According to the News International, Sharif could be sent to London on August 2. Nawaz had earlier stayed in London for three months following a cardiac surgery.
The 68-year-old, who was lodged in the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, was admitted to the Cardiac Centre of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad on Sunday after his health deteriorated.
Caretaker home minister for Punjab province Shaukat Javed said on state-run Pakistan Television that doctors had advised his transfer to hospital after an electrocardiogram had shown “variations”.
“How many days he stays in hospital depends on doctors,” Javed said, adding that the former PM was being transferred to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, reported AFP.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo has diabetes and he currently takes medication for his heart condition, cholesterol and diabetes. Last week, PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif penned a letter to the caretaker Punjab government seeking better facilities for Nawaz at Adiala Jail.
Sharif is currently serving a 10-year jail term in a corruption case related to the ownership of luxury apartments in London. He was taken to the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi on July 13.
The following day Shahbaz paid Nawaz a visit and complained about the “abysmal conditions” his brother was kept in.
“I want to draw your attention to the abysmal conditions under which Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is languishing in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi,” he wrote in a letter to the caretaker government, reported news agency PTI.
“It was noted during my visit that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not even given a newspaper to read, his mattress was on the floor and the washroom at his disposal was in a dirty despicable condition, with no air conditioner in his room,” the letter said.
“It is very unfortunate that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, three time Prime Minister of Pakistan, is being treated in such a shabby manner. This situation is unacceptable given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former Prime Minister,” he wrote.