Govt to be blamed if anything happens to Nawaz: Maryam

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LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday was shifted from Services Hospital to Kot Lakhpat Jail where he has been serving a seven-year sentence in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.

The ousted prime minister met his mother and daughter Maryam Nawaz at the hospital.

Nawaz’s mother refused to speak to the media, citing throat infection.

In a series of tweet, Maryam Nawaz slammed the federal government, stating that the Sharif family never requested for leniency towards Nawaz Sharif despite his medical condition.

She asserted that they will not even request the government to do so in future.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader went on to state that the government had formed multiple medical boards to examine her father’s health and was diagnosed with heart disease in the tests.

“Despite the recommendation of the medical board to shift him to the cardiac hospital, the government shifted him to Services Hospital,” she wrote, accusing the government of policising her father’s health.

“I remained patient in the face of all atrocities and never sought help from anyone other than Allah. Never did politics on any issue but if my father’s health is politicised and if God forbid anything happens to him, the government would be responsible,” she said.

She spoke of the jail administration’s negligence in treating him even when Nawaz cried for help due to severe pain in his chest. “One night Mian Sahab had pain in his chest and he cried for help but no one helped him. The government would have to answer for this shameless behaviour,” she further said.

A day earlier, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo had refused to go to the hospital and insisted on returning to Kot Lakhpat Jail, stating that it was not appropriate for him to be wandering around at incompetant hospitals.

“I have already been treated at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore and I am not interested in going there again. It is better if I am shifted back to the jail,” an official quoted the former premier.

The Services Hospital’s medical board had on Tuesday recommended that Nawaz be shifted to a cardiac health facility.

A accountability court had sent Nawaz Sharif to prison last year after he was found guilty of corrupt practices in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference and imposed a fine of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million on Nawaz — a total of Rs5bn.

The former premier was also announced of disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office as part of the sentences awarded to him, which will come into effect following his release from jail after serving the seven-year sentence.