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.


Pakistanis in Dubai help release over 150 inmates from UAE prisons amid pandemic

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Pakistanis in Dubai help release over 150 inmates from UAE prisons amid pandemic

  • A majority of those who received Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) assistance were Pakistanis, but it also helped a number of people of other nationalities
  • Prime minister’s special assistant for overseas Pakistanis says PAD is the main organization helping repatriate nationals from UAE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) has helped amid the coronavirus pandemic release and repatriate more than 150 people from prisons in the United Arab Emirates.
In the past three months, PAD helped 154 inmates at prisons in Ajman and Dubai by buying their air tickets to return home and paid the fines required for their release orders to be issued. A majority of those who received PAD assistance were Pakistanis, but the association also helped a number of people of other nationalities.
“We arranged release and repatriation of 71 inmates from Ajman central prison this month. The initiative was not the first for PAD. We had also helped in release of 83 prisoners three months back from Dubai,” Rizwan Fancy, community welfare director at PAD, told Arab News over the phone from Dubai on Saturday.
The association has been working closely with UAE authorities.
“We were in process with Ajman government since the start of this month and completed the repartition this week after fulfilling all legal and medical requirements like COVID-19 testing,” Fancy said.
Those who received the assistance had been sentenced for petty crimes such as bounced cheques or overstaying. The have completed their sentences but were unable to pay release fines.
“We usually contact authorities and they share the list of such prisoners who can be released by paying small fines,” Fancy said. “We then arrange these things for the prisoners and subsequently their release takes place. We not only arranged for the release of Pakistani prisoners but managed to help in the release of 37 prisoners from other nationalities as well.”
The foreigners included citizens of Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq and Cameroon.
Every year, the association repatriates fellow nationals as well as other people who reach out for help, Fancy said.
“We take immense pride in serving the forgotten members of the community. We went out of our way and ensured support for all those deserving help.”
One of the repatriated Pakistanis, a resident of Chakwal who requested not to be named, said he is grateful to PAD. “They have arranged my repatriation from UAE. They have provided me with tickets and also fulfilled other requirements. My family is also very happy,” he told Arab News.
The prime minister’s special assistant for overseas Pakistanis, Sayed Zulifqar Bukhari, said that in PAD has been the main organization helping repatriate Pakistanis from the UAE.
“None of it would have been possible if we didn’t have the support and contributions of organizations like PAD and other individuals,” Bukhari said.
“It’s due to them why Pakistan has such a strong diaspora in UAE.”