Former PM Nawaz Sharif gets a strong blow from the Punjab government

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Former PM Nawaz Sharif gets a strong blow from the Punjab government

*ISLAMABAD: **Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gets a strong blow from the Punjab government.*

Punjab government has rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s request for continued suspension of his sentence and asked the PML-N supreme leader to surrender to authorities.

Nawaz, who was sentenced to seven-year jail term in Al-Azizia graft case in December 2018, was released on bail on Oct 29, 2019 on medical grounds in view of an alarming fall in his blood platelet count. The government later in November also allowed him to fly to London for medical treatment.

The Punjab government said the provincial cabinet after thoroughly discussing the issue has decided to turn down Nawaz’s December 23, 2019 request for continued suspension of his sentence.

On December 23, Nawaz – through his counsel Khawaja Haris – had sent a request to suspend his sentence along with a Dr David Lawrence’s letter and an echocardiography report.

The government had, however, found the reports inadequate and directed Nawaz to submit a medical report again.

In response to the letter from the Punjab government, PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar on January 17 submitted a medical report, but a special medical board formed by the Punjab government had expressed dissatisfaction over the report and asked for more reports.

The required reports included reports of the hematologists of Guys and St Thomas Hospital and London Bridge Hospital; reports of the cardiologist of Royal Brompton and Herefield Hospital; platelet count and bio-chemical reports and report of whole body PET scan – all on the hospitals official letterheads.

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