Lahore: Pakistan politician Maryam Nawaz on Friday claimed that authorities did not grant permission to the cardiologists to examine her incarcerated father Nawaz Sharif after his health condition deteriorated. Pakistan’s former premier, who is serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case, complained of pain in his arm. However, Sharif was not given medical treatment, stated reports.
Taking the issue to Twitter, Maryam complained that the cardiologists treating her father Nawaz Sharif “have been trying to get access to him all day but (the) permission (has) not (been) granted”.
Sharif, 69, who had earlier undergone open-heart surgery in London about three years back needs special health care, added Maryam. She had visited her father in jail on Thursday.
A jail spokesman, on the other hand, alleged that jail doctors examined Sharif thoroughly. He said, “Nawaz Sharif is in good health.”
After the issue came to the notice of PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, he ordered the jail authorities to immediately allow the cardiologist to examine and provide the best health facilities to the ailing Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz Sharif warned that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Punjab government would be held responsible if anything happens to his elder brother.
An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on December 24 sentenced the ousted premier to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case, concluding a series of three court cases against the Sharif family in the high-profile Panama Papers case.
The Al-Azizia Steel Mill case was about setting up steel mills in Saudi Arabia allegedly with corruption money.
(With Agency inputs)