Lahore: The health condition of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deteriorated as his blood platelets count recorded a decline from 45,000 to 25,000 as on Sunday, stated news agency PTI. Besides, Sharif also suffered from breathing problems, added the report.

It must be noted that Sharif was serving a seven-year imprisonment in connection with the Al- Azizia corruption case. His bail plea was approved by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday. Besides, he had also secured bail in the money laundering case from the Lahore High Court on the same day. In both cases, he applied for the bail on medical grounds.

A report quoted Services Hospital principal Mahmood Ayaz as saying, “Nawaz Sharif’s platelets reduced on Sunday to 25,000 from 45,000. There has been a slight improvement in the health of the patient, however, his condition is still serious.”

It must be noted that Sharif was admitted to the Services Hospital on the night of October 21 after doctors recorded a drop in his platelets counts to a critical level of 2,000. The 69-yar-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo had earlier underwent an extensive medical checkup under security cover provided by the police at the anti-graft body’s detention cell.

In view of the deteriorating health condition, Sharif’s mother and his daughter Maryam Nawaz met him at the hospital and stayed for some time. Upon the directions issued by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Punjab government granted special permission to Maryam to stay with her father, stated a report. Some reports suggested that Maryam was allowed to stay with her father to persuade him to continue medical treatment in London.

Sharif’s close aide and former foreign minister Khawaja Asif was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “Nawaz Sharif’s condition is serious. It will only be his own decision about going abroad (London) for treatment. We will not push him for this.” Besides, a patient should at least have 50,000 platelets to be declared fit for air travel, stated a report quoting doctors.