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.

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

Updated 12 January 2020

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

  • Work on foreign minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States being done
  • Pakistan’s strong relations with regional countries has made it an important player

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated on Thursday that the country was going to play its role in restoring peace in the Middle East by working with other international stakeholders in the region.

“Pakistan welcomes de-escalation and wants to play its role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. We have seen that indication in United States President [Donald] Trump’s speech and are evaluating its contours,” the country’s foreign office spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, said in her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

She said that Pakistan’s geographical position, along with its strong relations with regional countries and the United States, had made it a significant player in the Middle East.

“Pakistan has maintained that war is not the solution to any issue and made it clear that it will not become part of any regional conflict,” she said.

The spokesperson noted that Islamabad had enhanced its efforts to defuse tensions in the region and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had contacted his counterparts in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and many other important states in this connection.

“All the international players, including Saudi Arabia, have said that the region cannot afford another war and asked for restraint from both parties [the US and Iran]. It’s a collective objective of all countries to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East,” she said.

Commenting on the foreign minister’s upcoming visit to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US, she said that “work on these tours has already started and they will take place as soon as dates are finalized with the respective countries.”

“We are very mindful for our brotherly and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other regional countries. Pakistan and the US also enjoy longstanding relations and have contacts with each other through multiple forums including political and military leadership,” Farooqui said, adding that the foreign office had established a task force to continuously monitor the situation in the Middle East and inform the government about it along with its suggestions on a daily basis.

The spokesperson expressed hope that recent developments in the Middle East would not affect the ongoing Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan hopes that progress made on Afghan peace process will not come to a halt and the world community will not lose its focus as a result of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East,” she said.

Asked about the safety of Pakistani nationals in Iraq, she said the country’s embassy in Baghdad was on the alert to deal with any emergency situation.

“We are concerned about the safety of Pakistani citizens in Iraq and have issued an advisory in this regard. We have also instructed our mission in Baghdad to remain vigilant to deal with any emergency,” Farooqui said.