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Fresh controversy over Nawaz’s medical condition

–Dr Yasmeen says PML-N submitted ‘inconclusive’ medical reports, told to file fresh reports in 48 hours

–Nawaz’s doctor says party submitted fresh reports that show former premier suffering from ‘severe cardiac disease’

LAHORE: As questions continue to be raised over the health of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the Punjab government on Tuesday claimed that the medical reports submitted by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were “not conclusive to form any medical opinion” and sought fresh reports within 48 hours, whereas Nawaz’s personal physician has said that they have already submitted the latest medical reports to the government which state that he is suffering from a severe cardiac disease.

Addressing a press conference here, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that a special medical board looking at Nawaz’s health condition had met on Jan 3 and after reviewing all the reports submitted by Nawaz’s team, they had said that the reports “had not shared any new information”.

She said that Nawaz’s physician in London, David R Lawrence, had sent a letter which was “very similar” to the summary issued by the government regarding the former premier’s health.

According to the provincial health minister, Nawaz’s earlier medical history had been shared in the letter along with a summary of the government’s report.

Additionally, she said another letter was attached which stated that a positron emission tomography (PET) scan was being arranged at London Bridge Hospital. She added that they had offered to conduct Nawaz’s PET scan in Pakistan as well, however, he had declined the offer. The letter also mentioned that a lymph node biopsy had been recommended.

Dr Yasmeen said that she called Nawaz’s personal physician Dr Adnan Khan after she saw the picture of the former premier dining at a restaurant on Monday.

“On one hand you say he is in a very critical condition […] then tell us, is it a part of it that you are socialising? Is it a part of the treatment?”

The provincial health minister said that the PML-N was seeking an application for Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz to go and care of her father.

“Where will she take care of him? At a restaurant? You take care of a person who is bedridden, which he is not, according to them, he was moving around.”

Dr Yasmeen said that responding to them (PML-N) in a letter, the government has said, as per the report of the medical board, the “documents provided are not sufficient to form a conclusive opinion”.

The provincial health minister added that the home department had directly written a letter to Nawaz on Monday in which it had said: “I am directed to intimate that the special medical board under the convenership of Dr. Muhammad Ayaz […] examined the medical document and concluded that the medical reports are not conclusive to form any medical opinion.

“The most recent laboratory and imaging reports have to be sought from your doctor,” the letter stated. Dr Yasmeen said she had reiterated the same to Dr Adnan Khan.

As per the minister, the letter stated: “You are required to provide the latest medical report within 48 hours as it has been stated in recent media reports that you seem to be in good health and socialising also.”


Hitting back at the claims made by Dr Yasmeen, Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician Dr Adnan Khan said that the medical reports and investigations desired by the government were submitted early on Tuesday morning to the minister and other government officials.

“This is the latest medical summary of Nawaz Sharif dated January 13-01-2020. It was surprising to see the minister denying receiving any report although they were submitted earlier in the morning and the government officials confirmed being in receipt of the reports.”

Dr Adnan Khan confirmed that Dr Yasmeen called him and asked for a fresh medical report which was provided duly.

“Nawaz Sharif has been recommended by the doctors to go out for short walks at least twice a day. He went out with his family on their insistence and as per medical advice but sadly the issue is being politicised.”

Dr Adnan Khan explained that Nawaz’s disease conditions are further confirmed and endorsed by UK doctors as similarly it was diagnosed initially by doctors appointed by the PTI government, recommending treatment abroad.


Meanwhile, Nawaz’s latest medical reports by the Royal Brompton Hospital states that he has significant areas of compromised perfusion (blood supply to heart) and there is element of impaired cardiac function as well. The reports say that the former premier’s heart is at risk of another heart attack or an adverse cardiac event.

Both the Royal Brompton and Dr David Lawrence have recommended urgent heart intervention which is important for Nawaz’s health and life. The reports further say that Nawaz Sharif cannot undergo the invasive procedure unless cleared by the haematologists, as his platelet counts are variable and unstable.

Dr David Lawrence writes in the summary: “The impression is of compromised heart blood supply and functionality particularly in the circumflex territory. I recommend that Mr Sharif undergo coronary angiography at the earliest as there is a significant part of his heart at risk. I would strongly recommend urgent coronary intervention. Failure to do this could compromise his myocardium, his cardiac health, and his wellbeing.”

He adds: “The Guy’s and St Thomas’ haematology experts are managing his unstable platelet count to make him safe for an invasive procedure including lymph node biopsy. The significant carotid artery disease further makes the issue complex and is managed simultaneously on aggressive medical therapy pending an intervention.”

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