Jailed former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif faces kidney failure, may be shifted to hospital

24 Jul 2018


Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to be shifted out of the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi to a hospital as he is 'on the verge of a kidney failure', and a medical board has urged his immediate transfer to a hospital, say reports.

The medical board that examined Nawaz Sharif inside the jail on Sunday has reportedly urged his immediate transfer to hospital from jail and the interim government in Pakistan is likely to take a decision on it soon.
The urea nitrogen in Nawaz Sharif's blood has climbed up to dangerous levels, his heartbeat is irregular and he is suffering from dehydration and excessive sweating, Pakistani media quoted sources as saying.
The Express Tribune said the hospital in the jail does not have a facility where Sharif could be given intravenous fluid. It is necessary to take him to the hospital, and failing to do so could create a situation of emergency at night.
Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz who were convicted in the Avenfield reference case by the Accountability Court on 6 July and have been confined to jail ever since the two returned to Pakistan since to challenge the verdict.
While Sharif was given a 10-year sentence and fined £8 million, Maryam was sentenced to eight years in jail and fined £2 million pounds.
Also, Maryam's husband, Captain (Retd) Muhammad Safdar was given a one-year sentence without any fine.
The father and daughter were taken to Islamabad by a special chartered flight soon after their arrival at Lahore on 13 July, from where they were taken to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.
Meanwhile, media reports said the father and the daughter are kept in prison among dangerous criminal, which could endanger their lives.
Although earlier reports suggested there was a possible move that the two could be moved to a rest house, it now appears unlikely.
Instead the prison authorities are considering shifting some very dangerous prisoners to somewhere else in the province to ensure proper security for the former prime minister and his daughter, the Dawn reported.

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