Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz on Monday said that his father was taken to a restaurant following doctors’ recommendation that he take small walks, as the family faced widespread criticism after a photograph of the former premier dining out in London went viral on the social media.
In the latest photo, Nawaz was spotted at an upscale London restaurant with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, including Ishaq Dar, Shehbaz Sharif, Hussain Nawaz and others.
Hussain Nawaz said that his father felt claustrophobic at home but was reluctant to go outside. “We insisted that he take a walk outside as his doctors have recommended him small walks at least twice a day,” he added.
Following the surfacing of Nawaz’s pictures, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid telephoned his personal physician Dr Adnan Khan and asked him to forward the former premier’s latest medical reports to the Punjab government.
On the other hand, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry taunted the Sharif family in a sarcastic tweet, saying “Scenes of a meeting in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, the treatment for binge-eating is underway with sheer concentration, all patients are feeling better.”
لندن کے ھسپتال کے انتہائ نگہداشت یونٹ میں ہونیوالی ملاقات کے مناظر۔۔۔ کھاؤ پیو بیماری کا علاج انتہائ انہماک سے جاری ہے اور سارے مریض بہتر محسوس کر رہے ہیں۔ pic.twitter.com/pl6Z2hlXw6
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 13, 2020
The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also took a dig at the Sharifs’ photograph on its social media platforms.
In November 2019, Nawaz Sharif arrived in London via Qatar Airways air ambulance.
Nawaz went abroad for treatment after getting permission from the Lahore High Court. The government of Pakistan had said that their own investigation proved that Sharif was critically ill and needed urgent treatment.
The court had permitted to remove Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions for a time period of four weeks. In its decision, the LHC said that in case Nawaz’s health doesn’t improve then the time-period can be extended, adding that the government officials will be able to contact Nawaz through the Pakistani embassy.
The doctors appointed by the government of Pakistan said that Sharif’s platelets were dropping unusually, causing risk of cardiac arrest and bleeding.