Jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Sunday admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad on the orders of Pakistan's caretaker government, after his health deteriorated in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
Sharif, 68, is serving a 10-year jail term in connection with the Avenfield Apartments in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi since July 13.
Doctors conducted a check-up of Sharif after he complained of chest pain and advised that he immediately be shifted to a coronary care unit (CCU) in PIMs hospital, one of country’s top hospital, Geo news reported.
Doctors had advised Sharif's transfer to hospital after an electrocardiogram had shown "variations", state-run PTV quoted Punjab home minister Shaukat Javed.
Days of Sharif’s staying at the hospital will be decide after doctors examine his health condition.
"How many days he stays in hospital depends on doctors," Javed said.
The decision to shift PML-N party leader to hospital was taken by the Punjab government which has administrative control of the Adiala jail after a team of doctors recommended that Sharif needed proper medication and care as he has been suffering from acute pain in both his arms, likely due to lack of adequate blood circulation.
Last week, it was reported that Sharif is on the verge of a kidney failure. Doctors recommended to shift him to hospital immediately. However, Sharif refused to be moved to a hospital and insisted that medical treatment be provided to him in prison.
Earlier Javed said that Sharif will be shifted to PIMS, where preparations have been made to keep the high-profile prisoner.
Earlier, a team of doctors headed by Dr Ejaz Qadeer and comprising cardiologist Dr Naeem Malik, Medical Specialist Dr Shaji Siddiqui, neurologist Dr Sohail Tanvir and Dr Mashood carried out medical checkup of Sharif after he complained of pain in chest.
Dr Malik, head of the PIMS cardiology department, suggested that authorities shift Sharif to the hospital as his blood tests showed clotting which, according to the doctor, was an alarming sign considering his medical history. His ECG and blood test reports were also not satisfactory.
The PML-N party leader lives with diabetes and has also undergo heart surgery in 2016. He currently takes medication for his heart condition, cholestrol and diabetes.
Last week, PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif wrote a letter to caretaker Punjab government seeking better facilities for them at Adiala Jail.
Shehbaz had asked the authorities to ensure continuous provision of medicines and medical examination to Sharif from his personal doctor.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in and around the Adiala Jail. Security personnel have been deployed around its premises and also special arrangements have also been made at the PIMS.
(With inputs from agencies)