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Medical board formed to examine Shehbaz Sharif: Will he be granted bail?

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An accountability court in Lahore has issued a written order regarding the formation of a medical board to examine Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif.

In its three-page written order regarding the Shehbaz Sharif’s petition seeking the constitution of a medical board, the accountability court directed the health secretary to provide medical reports to Shehbaz Sharif.

It has been directed to include Sharif’s personal physicians including Arif Khan, Professor Aqeel Bari and Professor Tahir in the medical board.

The order was issued by the judge Jawadul Hassan which stated that the petitioner was a patient of brain tumour and cancer and his legal right to get his medical reports could not be neglected.

Some sources claim that the ground is being set to grant bail to Shehbaz Sharif in the face of rising tension among various factions of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).

Shehbaz is known for his pro-establishment in his party. There have been some reports suggesting his differences with Nawaz and Maryam over the nature of the party’s relationship with the country’s powerful establishment. Maryam was leading a segment of the party with the slogan of ‘vote ko izat do.’ She slammed the establishment for political engineering and getting favorable verdicts from courts.

However, later on, Shehbaz’s approach appeared to have prevailed as the party not only offered unconditional support to amend the law to give extension in service to the Army Chief but also Maryam went silent.

“Shehbaz Sharif is the establishment’s, next blue-eyed man. PM Imran is likely to remain in his seat but Shehbaz is certain to have an invisible role to reorganize his party to become a new force in Punjab,” a senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told GVS. Analysts in Islamabad are mulling over the question; is PM Imran and his government are aware of what is going on in national politics?

Notably, Arif Hameed Bhatti, a prominent journalist and political commentator, revealed in a talk-show, Breaking Point with Malick, that the establishment has “secretly conveyed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to resolve the ongoing political impasse in the country”.

Read more: Maryam Nawaz get hits by her own security guard outside IHC

Bhatti also revealed that Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Secretary-General Muhammad Ali Durrani called on PML-N President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail after he was asked “by the establishment to go to jail”.

“During my meeting with Shehbaz, I conveyed an important message of the party chief Syed Sibghatullah Rashidi [Pir of Pagaro] to him. Mr Shehbaz is asked to play his role in stopping the opposition from resigning from the assemblies as the move could wrap up the democratic system. There is a need to initiate a grand dialogue among the national institutions and politicians, make the parliament functional and gather all Muslim Leagues under one platform,” Mr Durrani told media persons after the meeting.

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