LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to undergo additional medical tests at the Services Hospital in the provincial capital on Sunday.
On Saturday, the former premier was shifted from jail to hospital on the recommendation of a special medical board constituted to examine the ailing premier after he complained of chest pain.
A member of the medical board, Dr Mehmood Ayaz, explained that further tests will be performed on Nawaz and that his health is satisfactory. He elaborated that examinations will also be performed by doctors from Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC).
According to reports, the medical committee had recommended top shift Nawaz to a hospital so a kidney specialist and diabetologist could performed examinations. Further, a doctor familiar with Nawaz’s medical reports said that the former premier’s life could be in danger due to the health issue.
Nawaz Sharif was sent to jail by an accountability court last year after he was found guilty of corrupt practices in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million on Nawaz — a total of Rs5bn. A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office is part of the sentences awarded to the former PM and will come into effect following his release from jail after serving the seven-year sentence.
In September 2017, a probe against Nawaz was launched. He was first convicted and sentenced for 10 years in July last year in a case related to Avenfield properties in London. The Islamabad High Court granted him bail in the case in September. He was later convicted in the Al-Azizia case in December 2018.