Will Nawaz Sharif seek treatment in Pakistan?


Shortly after PML-N Chairman Shehbaz Sharif became Prime Minister, there were reports of the return of PML-N Supreme Leader Nawaz Sharif.

PML-N senior leader Mian Javed Latif in an interview with a private media channel said Nawaz Sharif would return after Eid. Other media sources also said the former prime minister would return to Pakistan and face the courts. As for his health, he will undergo all remaining medical treatment in Pakistan.

In 2018, a responsible court sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in connection with the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case. Meanwhile, a court also sentenced him to a total of 11 years in prison and fined £8 million (Rs 1.3 billion) in the reference of Avenfield properties.

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Subsequently, in 2019, the Lahore High Court (LHC), after suspending his sentence, allowed Nawaz to travel abroad for treatment.

Relevant to mention, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for London in 2019 on the basis of medical treatment. However, he has not returned since. On several occasions, PML-N hinted at his return. Now that his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif is officially in power, Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan after Eid.

On the other hand, there are also reports that Nawaz has no plans to return soon despite Shehbaz being elected as Prime Minister. According to media reports, the Sharif family believe his early return will establish PTI propaganda that he has no serious health issues.

Nawaz Sharif’s health issues

Earlier this year, a medical report advised the PML-N supremo against returning to Pakistan.

In short, the medical report notes that Nawaz Sharif is under a lot of stress and that the stress of returning to Pakistan may “further compromise his heart condition”. In fact, any long-distance travel could have a negative impact on his health.

The medical report had raised a storm in Pakistan, as many had called it “fake”. To begin with, Dr. Fayaz Shawl, Director of Interventional Cardiology in the United States, wrote the medical report. On this, former SAPM Dr Shahbaz Gill sarcastically said that all cardiologists in the UK have died.

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Since Nawaz Sharif went to London, medical reports describe his fragile health and advise against heavy travel. As a result, his return to Pakistan (where he faces corruption charges) has been steadily delayed.


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