Maryam Nawaz confirms Nawaz moved to hospital from prison

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is serving a seven-year jail term in a corruption case involving an investment company. (AFP/File)
Updated 02 February 2019

Maryam Nawaz confirms Nawaz moved to hospital from prison

  • Six-member board recommends immediate hospitalization
  • Sharif is serving seven-year jail term for graft at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, currently serving out a seven-year jail term for graft, was on Saturday moved from prison to a hospital in Lahore on the recommendation of a medical board.
“I have just been told that MNS [Mian Nawaz Sharif] has been taken to the hospital,” his daughter and likely political heir Maryam Nawaz said in a Twitter post. Sharif is being held at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail over corrupt practices involving the setting up of a steel mill. 
In recent weeks, Maryam and other members of Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party have said his health had deteriorated sharply and urged the government to allow him to be moved to a specialised facility. Party stalwarts have also claimed that authorities were not allowing Sharif's personal physician to visit him, a charge the government denies. 

A six-member medical board with two specialists from the army examined Sharif at Kot Lakhpat prison on Wednesday after doctors suggested he had cardiac problems and needed to be hospitalised. The board concluded that the former prime minister was "suffering from multiple health issues that need immediate and specialised healthcare at a facility where care for multiple and complicated diseases is available."


Pakistan condemns deadly attack at education center in Kabul

Updated 24 October 2020

Pakistan condemns deadly attack at education center in Kabul

  • Daesh reportedly claim responsibility for attack on educational center in western Kabul
  • Uptick in deadly violence has been observed in Afghanistan despite ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the suicide attack that killed at least 18 people at an educational center in the Afghan capital on Saturday.

The attack happened late afternoon at the center which offers higher education training in a western district of Kabul. At least 57 people were injured in the attack, the interior ministry said. According to media reports, Daesh claimed responsibility for the assault in a post on Telegram.

"Pakistan condemns in the strongest possible terms the inhuman terrorist attack outside an educational center in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul," Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement.

"Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and will continue to support a peaceful and stable Afghanistan."

The suicide attack came hours after a roadside bomb killed nine civilians east of Kabul. Officials blamed the Taliban for the roadside attack.

An uptick in deadly violence has been observed in Afghanistan despite ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to yield a lasting peace and end decades of conflict in the war-torn country.

The Taliban have been accused of increasing violence to wield leverage in the negotiations.

On Friday, rights group Amnesty International said at least 50 people had been killed in attacks in the preceding week, accusing the Taliban and Kabul of failing to protect civilians.