Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

Pakistani former prime minister Nawaz Sharif underwent medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday. (AFP/File)
Updated 04 February 2019

Medical board to decide on Sharif’s surgery today

  • Doctors clear the air that former premier did not have a heart attack in the recent past
  • Contemplate on whether or not to remove stone detected in his kidney

LAHORE: The results of a medical test conducted on Pakistan’s former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif are clear, a hospital source confirmed to Arab News on Monday.
Sharif underwent a thorough medical examination at Lahore’s Services Hospital on Sunday.
“The Lipid Profile Test (LPT) of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, that was conducted after 12 hours of fasting, came out clear. However, a 3 mm stone has been detected in his kidney,” an official, who requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media, said. 
“Nawaz Sharif is treated as per his medical history and present health condition. He has been shifted to hospital for medical investigation. We are waiting for the results of his tests before deciding his medication,” Dr. Adnan Khan, the personal physician of the three-time prime minister, had told Arab News on Sunday.
Sharif’s medical examination was carried out under the supervision of a team of medical experts which included Professors Mehmood Ayaz, Sajid Nisar, and Kamran Cheema.
“The hospital authorities carried out the former prime minister’s CT scan and a complete blood test. They also examined his kidneys through ultrasound. Apart from that, the doctors also called a cardiac expert from the Punjab Institute of Cardiology for consultation,” the source said.
The tests also confirmed that Sharif did not suffer any cardiac arrest in the recent past.
However, with tests for a kidney stone turning out positive, the medical experts will now decide whether or not he needs surgery for the condition.
“I am sure that the medical board has received the reports of the test but not delivered to us so far. The moment we get it, we will look into the matter,” Khan said.
Sharif was moved to the Services Hospital from Lahore’s Central Jail on Saturday with the approval of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar. A notification in this connection was issued by the Punjab home department on the recommendation of a special medical board constituted by the provincial administration.
This was the fourth medical board that was specially constituted to examine the health of the convicted prime minister.
The board was constituted on January 25 and comprised cardiac experts from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, and the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology. Sharif’s detailed examination was conducted on January 30 for two hours inside his prison cell.
According to a notification by the Punjab Home Department, the former prime minister will be moved back to the prison facility after his medical tests are completed.
“Superintendent of jail will ensure early shifting of the prisoner back to the Central Jail Lahore, in consultation with respective hospital authorities, after requisite medical examination/investigation/management, under foolproof security arrangements,” read the notification.
However, Punjab’s Information Minister, Fayazul Hasan Chohan, said Sharif might continue to stay in the hospital after his medical tests, based on the medical advice of the experts involved.

Pakistan gets lifeline till Feb 2021 as FATF continues to keep it on grey list

Updated 23 October 2020

Pakistan gets lifeline till Feb 2021 as FATF continues to keep it on grey list

  • The country has completed 21 out of 27 items of the global financial watchdog’s action plan, acknowledges FATF officials
  • The government of Pakistan has signaled the commitment to complete the rest of the action plan, says the FATF president

KARACHI: The global financial watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), decided on Friday to keep Pakistan on its “grey list” while acknowledging that the country had made significant progress in meeting international anti-terrorism financing norms and should not be downgraded to the “blacklist.”

The FATF began its virtual plenary meeting on October 21 under the first two-year German presidency of Dr Marcus Pleyer.

“Pakistan will remain our increased monitoring list,” he announced after the end of the conference. “The plenary recognizes that Pakistan has made progress. The government has now completed 21 out of 27 items of its action plan. The government of Pakistan has signaled the commitment to complete the rest of its action plan.”

“Even though Pakistan has made progress it needs to do more,” he continued. “It cannot stop now and needs to carry out reforms in particular to implement targeted financial sanctions and prosecuting sanctions financing terrorism.”

Responding to a question, the FATF president said that onsite inspection would be carried out after the next plenary in February 2021 to decide about Pakistan’s exclusion from the grey list.

Pakistan was placed on the list of countries with inadequate controls over terrorism financing by the FATF in June 2018.

The Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), an inter-governmental organization in the Asia-Pacific region, issued the first Follow Up Report (FUR) on Pakistan last month.

The report reflected the country’s performance until February 2020 and noted that it had complied with only two recommendations related to financial institution secrecy laws and financial intelligence units out of 40 recommendations on the effectiveness of anti-money laundering and combating financing terror (AML/CFT) system.

However, Pakistan managed to pass three crucial FATF-related laws during a joint session of parliament in September this year. With these laws, the country managed to comply with most of the legislation required by the international watchdog to strength the country’s financial system.

The FATF “strongly” urged Pakistan in February this year to complete its full action plan by June 2020, warning it would take action against the country which could include advising financial institutions to give special attention to business relations and transactions with Pakistan. Later, the deadline was extended and the country was given time until October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistan also punished Hafiz Saeed, a Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader, in a terror financing case and decided to send him to prison for five and a half years.

Commenting on the FATF decision, financial experts said the decision to keep Pakistan on grey list owed to the government’s hasty legislation.

“The most vital issue relates to the roles assigned to the AML-CFT authority and self-regulatory bodies. These laws give powers to regulate AML-CFT to various government and professional bodies. They were not carefully drafted, create conflict of interest, and are complicated and ambiguous,” Dr Ikram ul Haq, a Lahore-based senior economist, said after the FATF decision.

The FATF blacklist have international pariah states like Iran and North Korea, and these countries are shunned by international financial institutions.