Nawaz Sharif may travel to US for treatment on December 16

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Ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was likely to travel to the US from London on December 16 for further medical treatment, family sources have said.

Sharif has been residing at the Avenfield flats owned by his son Hasan Nawaz in London since November 20, reports Dawn.

Diagnosed with an immune system disorder causing low platelet count, the sources said that as treatment of the disease was not available in London, Sharif had to be shifted to the US.

They said that the medical tests conducted in London revealed that blood supply to a part of Sharif’s brain was obstructed causing low platelet count issue and the surgical procedure facility required to treat it was available only in Boston.

Serving a seven-year jail term in a corruption case, Sharif had been released on medical grounds for eight weeks by the Islamabad High Court on October 27.

The Lahore High Court later directed the government to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) for four weeks so that he could fly abroad for his treatment as suggested by various medical boards, Dawn reported.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif gave an undertaking to the court that he would ensure the return of his brother on certification by the doctors that he was fit to travel to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters held a protest outside an apartment in London where Nawaz Sharif was currently residing, a media report said on Monday.

Around 40 protesters, led by Tariq Mehmood who runs a group called ‘Pakistan Patriotic Front’, on Sunday raised slogans in support of the PTI, The News International said in the report.

The protester could be heard shouting in video “some shoot him” in reference to Sharif’s presence at the third floor in the Avenfield apartments. Another protester was carrying a poster which read “we cannot wait for the law”, “Avenfield belongs to us to keep”, “Imran Khan our pride” and “long live PTI”. Video footage shows at least three protesters banging the front gate in order to break down while two protesters entered premises from the side entrance and they were asked by the police to come out.

Sharif has been residing at the Avenfield flats owned by his son Hasan Nawaz in London since November 20, reports Dawn.