LAHORE: ICMD, March 11, 2019 -

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Monday asked the government to ensure the provision of medical facilities to ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of his own choice.

Talking to reporters outside the Kot Lakhpat jail after a meeting with Nawaz Sharif, the PPP chairman insisted that it was completely a non-political meeting as he had only come there to inquire after Nawaz Sharif following speculations regarding his health condition. “Every human has some cultural values despite having political differences, and our religion also teaches us to inquire about the health of a person who is suffering from a disease,” he said.

Bilawal maintained that injustice should not be done with any prisoner and that it is government’s responsibility to provide medical facilities to all ailing prisoners on humanitarian basis. “A person, who is suffering from cardiac disease, should not be pressurised as it comes under the category of torture. High-ups should become humans before being rulers,” he said. “Mian Nawaz Sharif has served as prime minister of Pakistan thrice and PPP demands that he should be given medical facilities of his own choice,” he added.

“I am here just to inquire about the health of Mian Nawaz Sharif, however we also discussed elections, government’s role and the Charter of Democracy,” Bilawal said. Slain Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed Charter of Democracy in 2006 and it is the joint failure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that they could not completely implement the political pact, he said. “Both political parties have not focused on judicial reformation to remove black laws of dictatorship-era despite agreeing to running the national system under democracy,” he said, adding that the PPP will initiate efforts to bring all political parties on the same platform for complete implementation of the Charter of Democracy.

Bilawal said reports about Nawaz searching for a deal or wanting to go to London are in fact people spreading rumours against him. “Mian Sahib has himself told me that he has become an ideological person. In my opinion [after meeting him], I don’t find Sharif in a mood to compromise. I think conspiracies are being made against him [Nawaz Sharif] by those talking about possibilities of another NRO,” he said.

Nawaz reportedly told Bilawal that he is in high spirits and that imprisonment cannot shatter his determination. Bilawal reportedly assured Nawaz that he cannot be held in prison for a long time and that the next meeting with him will he held outside the prison.