Pakistani official: Jailed ex-PM Sharif to be hospitalized

Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport. (Reuters)

A Pakistani official says jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to be moved from his cell to the main hospital in Islamabad after suffering heart trouble.

Shaukat Javed, home minister of Punjab province, said on Sunday that a routine cardiogram preformed on Sharif in the prison in Rawalpindi, close to the Pakistani capital, indicated the need for hospitalization.

Sharif was arrested upon returning home from London to face a 10-year prison sentence for corruption. He was dismissed from office by the Supreme Court last July. He is appealing the corruption sentence.

His Pakistan Muslim League party, which had run the government, lost heavily in last week’s general elections to Sharif's longtime critic, former cricket player Imran Khan.

Khan’s party came in first but now needs to form a coalition.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53