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Will Opposition use Shahbaz Sharif’s illness to seek sympathy?


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Doctors have recommended the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to keep the opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif at an open and clean space as his chest and kidneys have been affected according to his medical report. The medical report dated November 25 from a laboratory in Islamabad states, “Few sub-centimeter mediastinal lymph nodes are seen. One of the more prominent right lower paratracheal lymph nodes measures 8.00mm in short axis.”

“Both the kidneys show lobulated contours. There is a tiny hypodense area at the lower pole of the left kidney with internal fat attenuation… suggesting of benign etiology likely angiomyolipoma,” it added.

“It has become a regular practice,” he claimed. “Medical boards grant favors to people accused of crimes.” Justice Khosa was hearing Sharjeel Inam bail application in December 2017.

In light of the report, doctors recommended that Shahbaz is kept in an open and clean space which receives sunlight and fresh air. It is worth mentioning here that the PML-N president was arrested by NAB on 5th October in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case and was produced before accountability court, Judge Najmul Hasan.

He has been accused of ordering cancellation of the contract of Aashiana-e-Iqbal to a successful bidder, leading to the award of the contract to another builder, which resulted into a loss of Rs 193 million approximately…

He also assigned the project of Aashiana-e-Iqbal to LDA resulting into the award of contracts to M/s Lahore Casa Developers (JV), thus causing loss of Rs 715 million approximately and ultimately failure of the project.

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Furthermore, a few days earlier, a blood test report of the PML-N president had indicated that signs of cancer were returning. Following the report, doctors at Poly Clinic had conducted further blood tests of the leader of the opposition in NA and even conducted his CT scan. It is also reported that doctors had recommended that a larger medical board be formed comprising cancer experts to examine Shahbaz.

As a matter of fact, in Pakistan, it has become a trend that influential people fell ill when they are arrested due to some illegal activities. The matter of Shahbaz Sharif, however, is apparently a genuine case which is seeking some serious attention by the government.

It is common practice in the country to seek sympathy on the pretexts of illness in Pakistan. This is yet to be seen how the opposition responds to the development.

The most senior judge of the SC Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has recently asked why everyone who was arrested by NAB fell ill and remarked that NAB should construct a state-of-the-art hospital to treat those people. He further said that some people were exploiting the law that allowed prisoners with health problems to be transferred to a hospital.

“It has become a regular practice,” he claimed. “Medical boards grant favors to people accused of crimes.” Justice Khosa was hearing Sharjeel Inam bail application in December 2017.

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Analysts opine that the PML-N and allies may use the opposition leader’s illness as tactics to seek political support on the basis of sympathy. It is common practice in the country to seek sympathy on the pretexts of illness in Pakistan. This is yet to be seen how the opposition responds to the development.