[Dawn 26 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to go abroad for medical treatment, four weeks after the apex court granted him bail but did not allow him to leave the country.

“Given the complicated and life-threatening nature of ischemic heart disease, carotid artery disease, lymphadenopathy and renal artery stenosis, from which the petitioner (Nawaz Sharif) is admittedly suffering….. it is in the interest of justice that condition imposed for the petitioner’s release on bail merits review,” argued a review petition filed by Mr Sharif through his counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed. It contended that the only feasible option available to Mr Sharif was to be treated by the same set of medical practitioners who had been treating him earlier in the United Kingdom.

On March 26, the Supreme Court had suspended Mr Sharif’s sentence and granted him bail for six weeks only with a condition that he would not leave Pakistan during that period. All the previous and fresh reports and recommendations by special medical boards as well as different specialists regarding Mr Sharif’s health were enclosed with the petition.