Punjab govt constitutes medical board to ascertain Nawaz’s condition

Shahbaz Gill says Nawaz got benefit on fake reports submitted by brother Shehbaz

The Punjab government has constituted a special medical board to analyse former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s medical reports and to give advise for his return.

The board was constituted considering the federal cabinet’s decision to do so on Wednesday.

As per the notification of the Specialized Health Care and Medical Education Department, the board would examine the submitted medical reports and give expert medical opinion regarding Nawaz’s physical condition. The board would also advise the government about his ability to travel back to Pakistan.

The board comprises of Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS) Prof of medicine Dr Arif Nadeem as convener while members include Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Dr Dhiasun NabiTayyab and Prof of Pathology Dr Ambreen Hamid, King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Prof of Pulmonology Dr Saqib and Prof of Cardiology Dr Bilal Mohayyudin, Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Prof of Cardiology Dr Shahid Hameed, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) Prof of Nephrology Dr Shafiq Rehman, Shaikh Zaid Hospital Head of Haematology Dr Mona Aziz, SIMS Associate Prof Endocrinology SIMS and Services Hospital Dr Khadija Irfan Khawaja.

The documents submitted by the Punjab Home Department have also been submitted to the board, which would submit its report within five days.

Nawaz had gone abroad for medical treatment and his brother and Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif had guaranteed his return after treatment at the time.

In this regard, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Shahbaz Gill has maintained that fake medical documents and blood samples were submitted by Nawaz to get benefit. An affidavit was also submitted in court that granted bail to Nawaz. However, the conclusion on Nawaz’s current condition would be made after the board has submitted its report.

Javed Iqbal is a special correspondent covering the Punjab government with a particular focus on bureaucracy. He has unearthed a number of mega scams while working with leading media houses. He tweets @javedjahangiri and can be reached at javediqbal344@gmail.com.