The Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Jawed Khan has written to the Punjab government to set up a medical board to examine health-related reports of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in the United Kingdom on grounds of his health situation. The letter from the AGP to the Punjab government mentions the former PM’s claim of being in critical condition at the time when he left imprisonment in Pakistan to seek medical treatment in the UK. The federal cabinet appears to have tasked the AGP office to begin proceedings against the former PM for alleged violation of the undertaking given to the Lahore High Court when he was leaving the country for treatment.
According to the AGP, Nawaz Sharif’s health “prima facie improved significantly after his arrival in London and the fact that he has apparently never been hospitalized and his political, social and other recreational activities have continued uninterrupted and regularly reported in media may indicate that severe ailment, if any, that may have existed in past is no longer evident or constraint his activities.”
In view of this observation, the AGP’s letter claims that the former Prime Minister ought to make good upon his commitments to the Lahore High Court and return to Pakistan. It also adds:
“However, any firm view or opinion on his health and physical condition and fitness to travel could only be formed on the basis of independent expert medical opinion.”
The letter goes on to note that the federal cabinet deliberated upon the issue of the former PM’s absence from the country and then asked the office of the AGP to start its proceedings.
“The medical board may examine the documents submitted by the petitioner in the court and evaluate given all the known and reported facts and public activities of Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif to form an opinion, if any, on this subject.”