Punjab forms board to evaluate Nawaz Sharif’s medical report

Zubair Qureshi

Attorney General of Pakistan in a letter has asked the Punjab government to place the fresh medical report about the health of former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N Nawaz Sharif before a special medical board for the purpose of evaluation.

Accordingly, the Punjab government has constituted a 9-member board appointing senior physician Dr Arif Nadeem as its head.

This is the same board that has been evaluating Nawaz Sharif’s health reports previously. The board is to submit its recommendations/evaluation of Nawaz Sharif’s health within five days.

Nawaz Sharif’s US-based doctor, Fayaz Shawl, had on January 28, submitted a medical report to the Lahore High Court related to Nawaz Sharif’s health conditions. In the three-page medical report, Nawaz Sharif is advised against undertaking any travel “without undergoing a definitive treatment in London.”

“If he (Sharif) returns to solitary confinement, he may develop what we call the takotsubo syndrome due to a stressful environment” and it could have “devastating consequences”, Dr Shawl has warned in the report.

The AG office has requested the Home Secretary to make sure that the new report should be provided to the medical board formed by the Punjab government so that the board could give its expert opinion on Nawaz Sharif’s health.

The AG office letter further states that the medical board formed previously to examine the PML-N leader’s health condition.


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