Yasmin not satisfied with PML-N reports about Nawaz’s treatment

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Staff Report

Lahore

After fresh pictures of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at a restaurant in London circulated on social media raising questions about his health, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on Tuesday said reports submitted by the PML-N supremo’s team were insufficient.

Rashid while, addressing a press conference in Lahore, said that a special medical board looking at Nawaz’s health had met on January 3 and after reviewing all the reports submitted by Nawaz’s team, they said the reports had not shared any new information or any new investigation.

The former premier is currently in London for medical treatment. On December 23, 2019, he had sought an extension in his stay abroad on the expiry of the four-week period granted by the Lahore High Court. Following his request, the Punjab government constituted a four-member committee to decide on it and on Friday the provincial government sought fresh medical reports to make an “informed decision”.

Rashid said that Nawaz’s physician in London, David R. Lawrence, had sent a letter which was “very similar” to the summary earlier issued by the government regarding the former premier’s health.

According to the provincial health minister, Nawaz’s earlier medical history had been shared in the letter along with a summary of the government’s report.

Additionally, she said another letter was attached which stated that a positron emission tomography (PET) scan was being arranged at London Bridge Hospital. The provincial health minister added that they had offered to conduct Nawaz’s PET scan in Pakistan as well, however, he had declined the offer. The letter also mentioned that a lymph node biopsy had been recommended.

Rashid said that after she saw the picture of the former premier at the restaurant she called his personal physician Dr Adnan Khan.

“On the one hand, you say he is in a very critical condition […] then tell us, is it a part of it that you are socialising? Is it a part of the treatment?”

The provincial minister said that the PML-N was seeking an application for Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz to go and care of her father.

“Where will she take care of him? At a restaurant? You take care of a person who is bedridden, which he is not, according to them, he was moving around.”

Rashid said that responding to them (PML-N) in a letter, the government has said, as per the report of the medical board, the “documents provided are not sufficient to form a conclusive opinion”.

The provincial minister added that the home department had directly written a letter to Nawaz on Monday in which it had said: “I am directed to intimate that the special medical board under the convenership of Dr Muhammad Ayaz […] examined the medical document and concluded that the medical reports are not conclusive to form any medical opinion.

“The most recent laboratory and imaging reports have to be sought from your doctor,” the letter stated. Rashid said she had reiterated the same to Dr Adnan Khan.

Meanwhile, Dr Adnan Khan shared Nawaz’s medical reports, dated January 13, on Twitter along with copies of various scans of the former premier.

Khan said the reports were submitted to government authorities as well directly to the relevant minister and officials.