Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif left for London via high-tech air ambulance

Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted of corruption, left the country on Tuesday to travel to London for medical treatment.

Sharif departed on a special plane from the city of Lahore, after a court granted him permission to leave for four weeks abroad for medical treatment. His conviction was earlier suspended for eight weeks on medical grounds.

Nawaz Sharif is accompanied by his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif and his personal physician Adnan Khan. He left for London via Qatar in a “high-end” air ambulance which arrived from Doha.

The 69-year-old Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison on corruption charges in 2019. After his health deteriorated last month, he was rushed from his cell to a hospital in Lahore. While in hospital, he suffered a minor heart attack.

PMLN spokesperson Marriyum Auranzeb said that Nawaz Sharif would be taken to Harely Street Clinic upon arrival in London for his treatment and if required he might be shifted to the US (Boston) for further treatment.

She said that before the departure the doctors examined Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence in Lahore and gave him a heavy dose of steroids and medicines to ensure that his condition remains stable during travel.

An intensive care unit and an operation theatre has been set up in the air ambulance and a team of doctors and paramedics will also be on board, physician Adnan Khan said in a tweet.

Three times prime minister, Sharif was removed from office by the country’s Supreme Court in 2017 over corruption allegations. He denies the charge, saying he was politically victimised.

Elections later that year brought to power Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.