Specialist doctors available 24 hours in jail for Nawaz, LHC told

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STAFF REPORT

LAHORE

The Lahore High Court (LHC) was informed on Tuesday that specialist doctors were available round-the-clock for medical treatment of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in jail.

The statement was made by a law officer on behalf of the Punjab government before Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh, who was hearing a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz seeking directions for the provincial authorities to allow her to visit her father (Nawaz Sharif) twice a week in the jail.

Besides submitting a reply, the law officer submitted that all sorts of medical facilities were being provided to the former prime minister and, after every eight hours, he was examined medically.

The Home Department and Kot Lakhpat Jail officials apprised the court that Nawaz’s personal physician Dr Muhammad Adnan was never stopped from meeting Nawaz Sharif but he could not be allowed to meet him independently, as per jail regulations.

They further submitted that Dr Adnan could meet Nawaz Sharif along with other family members only once a week in the presence of the jail doctors. However, Dr Adnan indulged in politics by talking to the media and giving political statements, they added.

To which, the petitioner’s counsel denied the claims while pleading for special treatment for Nawaz Sharif being the former prime minister.

Subsequently, in the light of officials’ statement, the court restrained Dr Adnan from giving any statement to the media while allowing him to meet Nawaz Sharif along with other family members once a week.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan will be responsible if anything happen to ex-PM Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Responding to the ban on homemade food for the former premier by provincial authorities, the PML-N leader said that PM will soon be held accountable for all his revengeful actions against Sharif family.

He also recorded his protest against banning homemade food for his elder brother and said that it’s a level of inhumanity which the government is showing.

Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif expressed that Nawaz Sharif is a heart patient and needs homemade food to control his health and diet whereas government is doing injustice by depriving him of it.

Opposition leader said that PM Imran Khan is extracting revenge against him. “Listen, Imran Khan, you can’t break our morale with your cruelty. Our morale is high as sky,” he added.

Shehbaz asserted that Nawaz Sharif has been elected thrice as the PM of this country and this attitude towards him is inhumane. “Make sure Nawaz Sharif gets homemade food immediately,” he continued.