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Nawaz Sharif leaves for London in air ambulance

LAHORE, Nov 19 (WNP): Former premier Nawaz Sharif Tuesday left for London in an air ambulance, accompanied by his brother Shehbaz Sharif and other personnel, including his personal physician Dr Adnan Khan.

The air ambulance arrived from Doha early morning at Lahore airport’s Haj Terminal. An intensive care unit and an operation theatre has been set up inside while a team of doctors and paramedics are also on board.

According to immigration sources, Nawaz’s medical files were handed over to the team traveling with the former prime minister in the air ambulance. Doctors also conducted blood tests prior to the departure.

Following his departure, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said Nawaz’s plane will stop in Qatar for a refuel. The medical team will also be changed.

The PML-N supremo was accompanied to the airport by a large number of supporters as well as party leaders. Nawaz’s personal physician Dr Khan and PML-N President Shehbaz — both of whom are traveling with the former premier — are also at the airport.

Party leaders, including Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal, were also present to see off the leader.

The former premier’s mother, other family members and his daughter Maryam — who surrendered her passport to secure her release in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case earlier this month — bid farewell to him at the house. A large number of supporters and workers had gathered outside Jati Umra since morning prior to Nawaz’s departure.

In a separate statement issued earlier on Tuesday, Aurangzeb said doctors completed a medical examination of Nawaz ahead of his departure and he was administered high doses of steroids and medicines to ensure that his condition remains stable during travel.

The development comes a day after the interior ministry issued a notification, allowing the former prime minister to travel abroad for medical treatment, saying that the decision was an “interim arrangement” in the light of the LHC’s order, which was passed last week.

In its notification, the ministry reproduced the undertakings provided by Shehbaz Sharif and Nawaz to the LHC in which the terms of their travel and return have been laid out. The former prime minister’s name remains on the Exit Control List (ECL).

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