Islamabad court deciding on whether to free Pakistani ex-PM

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An Islamabad court is holding an emergency hearing to decide whether to free Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, convicted on money-laundering and corruption charges.

Yasmin Rashid, Punjab provincial health minister, confirmed on Saturday that Sharif’s condition was worrying.


Local news outlets reported that the ex-prime minister suffered a heart attack overnight but was in stable condition.

Saturday’s court session, which was initially to take place next week, was moved up after Sharif’s younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, made an emergency appeal citing his brother’s deteriorating health.

Another court, in the city of Lahore, on Friday ordered Sharif released on bail in a separate case so he can seek medical treatment at home or abroad.

The younger Shahbaz Sharif, who heads the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League party, filed the court petition.

Sharif was rushed to a Lahore hospital from prison on Monday, after his platelets count dropped to dangerously low levels, according to doctors.

The 69-year-old Sharif, who served three times as prime minister, has had a history of health problems, including heart disease.

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