Punjab govt waits for Nawaz’s fresh medical report for decision of plea to stay abroad longer
The Punjab government has sent fresh medical reports to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif until tomorrow, adding that in the event of a failure to do so, they will decide on his application — requesting an extension in his stay abroad — based on existing records, which emerged on Thursday.
The provincial home department mentioned in a letter, dated January 28: “It is, therefore, required from your side to provide requisite reports within next three days, failing thereby, the competent authority will decide the matter of your application as per the available facts brought on record.”
The PML-N supremo is reportedly seeking medical treatment in London.
On 23 December 2019, at the expiry of the four-week period given by the Lahore High Court, he had requested an extension during his stay abroad. The Punjab government, following its appeal, formed a four-member committee to decide on it and sought fresh medical reports to make an “informed decision.”
An image of Nawaz at a London restaurant with some members of his family had surfaced on social media earlier this month, raising questions about the state of health of the former premier. The Punjab government had subsequently rejected Nawaz’s medical reports submitted on December 23, on January 15.
The latest letter from the Punjab government regarding Nawaz’s application under Section 401(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1898, was written.
Nawaz’s medical reports, submitted by his lawyer Khawaja Haris, had been forwarded to the medical board as per the home department, which concluded that they were “not adequate to shape a definitive opinion.”
“In response thereto, your counsel requested this department to approach you directly or your personal physician. So, your physician was requested through email to provide the requisite medical reports as desired by the special medical report,” the letter stated.
It added that once again on January 13, Nawaz, Haris and PML-N Deputy Secretary General Advocate Attaullah Tarar were asked to provide the latest medical record that the latter had submitted.
The home department shared the conclusions of the medical board on documents that they said just outlined his cardiac imaging, echocardiography, holter monitoring, and heart PET.
Nawaz’s haematological and biochemical reports, especially the count of platelets, were not given according to the Punjab government.