Shehbaz Sharif approaches IHC for Nawaz’s bail on medical grounds

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on bail on medical grounds.

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In his appeal filed with the IHC, Shehbaz has pleaded that Nawaz’s health was very poor and he is in great distress due to various diseases and should be allowed treatment in Pakistan or abroad.

The petition is seeking suspension of the seven-year sentence awarded to the former premier in the Al-Azizia reference.

On Tuesday, doctors at the Lahore Services Hospital had termed Nawaz’s condition as ‘serious’ despite the transfusion of three mega units of platelets within hours after his admission.

According to the medical tests carried out on Monday, the platelet count of the former premier “dropped from 16,000 to a critical level of 2,000” when he was brought to hospital late on Monday night, prompting the medical board members to go for “immediate transfusion of the platelets to save his life”, said one of the board members.

NAB had shifted the Nawaz to the Services Hospital late on Monday night after his personal physician, Dr Adnan Khan, had raised an alarm about his critical condition in the anti-graft watchdog’s custody.

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