Disgraced Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flies to London for medical treatment after his prison sentence for corruption is suspended
- Sharif, 69, flew to London today for medical treatment after a heart attack
- Former Prime Minister received permission to leave Pakistan for four weeks
- He was released from office by the Supreme Court in July 2017
- Sharif was imprisoned for seven years earlier this year and was in a Lahore prison
Disgraced former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to London today for medical treatment.
The 69-year-old, who served as Prime Minister three times, but who fell out of favor after being expelled from his office for allegations of corruption, has had a history of health problems, including heart disease.
He left Lahore on a specially equipped air ambulance after a court had granted him permission to go abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.
His conviction was previously suspended for eight weeks on medical grounds.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves after appearing in a court in Lahore last October
Supporters of Sharif surround his vehicle and decorate it with petals at the airport in Lahore on Tuesday prior to his flight to London
Local television stations broadcast images of Sharif who is being helped by one of his brothers and another man to board the plane.
Sharif & # 39; s younger brother Shahbaz Sharif, who is the head of the Pakistani opposition party, accompanies him along with his doctor Adnan Khan.
Nawaz Sharif has always maintained his innocence and denied the corruption complaints that led the Supreme Court of the country to put him out of office in July 2017.
He claims that he has become a political victim.
Elections that followed that year heralded the government of Imran Khan, who vowed to wipe out corruption.
Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this year.
After his health deteriorated last month, he was rushed from his prison cell to a hospital in Lahore, where he later suffered a minor heart attack.
Supporters of Sharif clamber aboard his car and throw petals over it as he drives to the airport in Lahore on Tuesday
Elections that followed after Sharif (right) was removed from office in 2017, ushered in the government of Imran Khan (left) who has vowed to eradicate corruption
Mr. Khan on Monday rejected all speculation about a political deal to let Sharif leave and confirmed his intention to fight corruption.
He said that Sharif's brother had made a personal appeal and that he could not stand in the way of medical treatment for his ailing predecessor.
The Sharif party blamed Mr Khan's government for imposing a heavy bail on the former prime minister, an amount that was later destroyed by the authorities, which allowed Sharif to leave.
His permit for four weeks abroad can be extended if he is not good enough to travel back.
During his term of office, Sharif had a bitter relationship with Pakistan's powerful military establishment and did not complete any of his three five-year terms of office.
Sharif's supporters pray outside his hospital in Lahore last month after he was taken from his prison cell in the city
He entered politics as a protector of dictator General Zia ul-Haq, who seized power in 1977 during a military coup and appointed Sharif Finance Minister for the Punjab province.
Sharif's first period as Prime Minister, from 1990 to 1993, ended when the then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan fired him amid allegations of corruption.
His second stint as prime minister, which began in 1997, was aborted when he was overthrown during a military coup in 1999 and sent into exile by General Pervez Musharraf, who seized power.
Gen Musharraf currently lives in exile in Dubai and a betrayal case is pending against him.
The case was brought by Sharif when he was in power and made the army angry.
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