Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to leave on Tuesday to London for treatment

File photo of Nawaz Sharif. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Nov 17, 2019, 02.01 PM (IST)

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif will leave abroad for treatment on Tuesday, Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) said today.

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said an air ambulance will arrive on Tuesday morning for Nawaz's departure, reports Dawn

The development comes a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) removed Pakistan government's conditional permit to Nawaz. In a blow to Imran Khan government, the HC ordered to remove Nawaz's name from Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions.

Earlier, the PTI government had given "one-time" permission to Nawaz to go abroad for four weeks and asked the Sharif family to submit an indemnity bond worth over Rs 7.5 billion.

The spokesperson added that the doctors carried a detailed examination of Nawaz's health and made consultations in order to make Nawaz fit to travel. 

Aurangzeb also said that high-dose of steroids are being given to former PM so that his platelet count can be brought to a level suitable for travel. He also said that medications are also given to Nawaz for lowering his blood sugar levels.

A few hours earlier, Nawaz's doctor, Adnan Khan tweeted that Nawaz will travel to London within 48 hours once he is "clinically stabilised, made travel-worthy & is safe for air travel". 

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Earlier on Saturday, PML-N chief and Nawaz's brother Shehbaz Sharif hailed the verdict and added that he will accompany his brother to London. He also said that former PM's daughter Maryam Nawaz will stay in Pakistan.

Shehbaz also signed an undertaking which said that he would ensure that his brother returns to Pakistan "within four weeks or on certification by doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return back". The PML-N chief said that initially they are travelling to London but can move abroad if the doctor advises them. 

The former PM was suffering from a serious immune disorder and is advised to go abroad for medical treatment. 

Nawaz is convicted in two corruption cases and is a suspect in one case. He was serving a seven-year sentence when he was admitted to a private hospital last month due to the deterioration of his health. He was later granted bail from high courts from two corruption cases on health grounds.