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Ex-Pakistani PM Leaves for Medical Treatment

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has left the country to receive medical treatment in London, serving a prison sentence for corruption.
Sharif, a three-time prime minister, has a disease of the immune system and other health issues.
On Saturday, the Lahore High Court lifted a travel ban and on Monday the decision was imposed by the government.
The government of Imran Khan was reluctant to release Sharif.
The businessman-who has completed less than 12 months of a seven-year prison sentence so far-wanted to sign a compensation bond before allowing him to go abroad.
Nonetheless, without signing the bond, the court allowed him to fly.
For almost a month, Sharif’s health and travel ban have dominated Pakistan’s media.
Last month, a doctor told BBC Urdu’s Umar Nangiana in Lahore that his blood platelet count fell to a critical 16,000, compared to about 150,000 for a healthy person.
Both official and private medical boards have recommended that he be treated abroad as there are insufficient facilities in Pakistan.
According to his personal doctor, Sharif will fly via Doha in a “high-end air ambulance” with a full-staff intensive care unit and operating theatre.
Sharif agreed to come home within four weeks, or when doctors say he’s fit to come back.
His brother Shahbaz, who is traveling with Sharif, signed a court document saying: “If at any point the federal government has credible information that Nawaz Sharif is living abroad despite his ability to travel, a delegate from the High Commission of Pakistan would be entitled to consult with his physician(s) to verify or confirm his health.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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