Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif leaves for London for treatment

Nawaz Sharif leaving Pakistan for treatment Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 19, 2019, 10.09 AM (IST) Written By: Bharat Sharma

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for London from Lahore's international airport today via a Qatar air ambulance. 

Over the last few weeks, Pakistani courts and the government have been in a dilemma over allowing Sharif to travel abroad for treatment as he was in jail for corruption crimes.

Sharif is accompanied by his brother, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) president Shahbaz Sharif, and his personal physician Adnan Khan.

Sharif was recently allowed by Lahore High Court (LHC) to travel abroad for four weeks to facilitate treatment.

According to ANI, he will be admitted to Charlestown Clinic in London, with preparation for his treatment almost complete. 

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Sharif is on an eight-week bail due to medical reasons. He was imprisoned for his involvement in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case and was set to serve for seven years.

Additionally, he also got bail from LHC in connection with a money laundering case.

Sharif was in the Kot Lakhpat Jail last month after his physician Adnan Khan rang alarms in view of his deteriorating health. 

His platelet count, which had stooped to dangerously low levels, was struggling to become normal. 

Earlier, Sharif was slated to leave for abroad on Sunday but was disallowed following the court's refusal to remove his name from the Exit Control List.

(With inputs from ANI)