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Bilawal to meet Nawaz in jail


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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has decided to meet Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid for Life Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail on Saturday, 9th March.

A request has been filed to the home department in this regard by PPP seeking permission for the meeting. Bilawal intends to meet the former premier today to inquire about his health. He has also expressed concerns of the Sharif’s health in the past.

Sources say Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has reportedly allowed the visit and Bilawal is expected to meet Nawaz in the evening today at Kot Lakhpat jail.

Following a meeting of CM Punjab and the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister’s spokesperson Shahbaz Gill addressing the press conference said that he hoped God would give Nawaz, and everyone in Pakistan, who was unwell, good health.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier directed the Punjab government to give former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif access to any hospital or doctor of his choice for medical treatment, according to an update shared on Twitter by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday, 7th March.

According to the information minister, the premier has directed the Punjab government to provide the former premier with the best facilities for treatment and called for the recommendations of a medical board that recently examined Sharif to be implemented.

Later, while briefing the media on cabinet decisions made in Islamabad this afternoon, the information minister said that the directive “indicates that the PTI government has no personal enmity with any person”, local press reported.

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The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated the demand said that the former premier must be provided prime health facilities. Following a meeting of CM Punjab and the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister’s spokesperson Shahbaz Gill addressing the press conference said that he hoped God would give Nawaz, and everyone in Pakistan, who was unwell, good health. He said that “politics is one thing, and a person’s health another”.

The spokesperson shared that his interaction with Nawaz was very candid and the two had also shared a cup of tea together. He added that a very senior journalist, who he did not name, had also gone along for the visit.

Two senior professors and doctors were also present during the meeting between Gill and Nawaz. He said that Nawaz’s health seemed fine. As per Gill, the former premier told him he occasionally experienced pain, as a result of which he had to take medication. Gill noted that when you have had a bypass or if you are diabetic, you need to take medication for life. “This is normal procedure,” he said.

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He noted that the medical board which examined Sharif had said that any arterial blockage should be examined with an angiography. While clarifying that he was not saying anything for certain, Gill said that, according to doctors, if there was an angiography they would be able to figure out how to remove any blockage, such as through a stent.

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