LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi was shifted to the hospital from Camp Jail on Saturday due to a cardiac problem.
According to reports, Abbasi has been transferred to Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) due to a heart problem. Abbasi, a former member of National Assembly (MNA) complained of heart pain. The jail doctors examined him and then recommended shifting him to the PIC.
Abbasi has been suffering from heart disease for some time. In January, he underwent a cardiac procedure in Lahore. The PIC doctors inserted a stent and shifted him to the cardiac care unit (CCU) for a couple of days.
The Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court in July last year handed down life imprisonment to Abbasi in the ephedrine quota case. He was found guilty of selling 500kg ephedrine illegally.
Abbasi had challenged his sentence in Lahore High Court (LHC) and requested the bench to set aside his conviction and order release. In July 2018, an anti-narcotics court had convicted Abbasi and sentenced to life in prison in the eight-year-old case.
Earlier, this case was fixed at LHC Rawalpindi bench but the judges recused themselves from hearing the appeal. The LHC chief justice ordered to fix the matter at principal seat while accepting an application filed by Abbasi’s counsel for this purpose.