Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid on Tuesday said that the relief granted to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for medical treatment abroad had expired and he should submit an updated report regarding his health to the provincial authorities.
Rashid made the statement while talking to reporters in Lahore on Wednesday afternoon. The provincial minister said that the court-granted relief for the former premier had expired on December 25,and photos of him dining out in London were now creating controversy.
Sharif had been granted bail on medical grounds by the Islamabad High Court for eight weeks in late October. He had been serving a sentence in the Al-Azizia reference when he was granted bail, and had subsequently left Pakistan for London for medical treatment.
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The relief granted to the former premier expired on December 25, exactly two months to the day he was granted bail. Earlier this week, photos of him allegedly dining out with members of his family in London sparked controversy, and Rashid referenced those photos in her presser.
“Everyone has seen the viral photos of Nawaz Sharif on social media. We have asked Dr Adnan (Nawaz’s physician) to tell us whether the excursionings of the former premier have anything to do with his health condition,” Rashid said in apparent reference to said photos.
On December 25, the former premier’slegal team had submitted a report to authorities in Pakistan detailing the health of the former premier and asked the court to extend his bail on medical grounds. Rashid brought up the report in her press conference as well.