Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to travel to London on an air ambulance on Tuesday, PML-N officials said Sunday.
In a statement issued today, PML-N spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb said an air ambulance will arrive Tuesday morning to transport Nawaz.
The announcement comes one day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed the former Prime Minister on Saturday to travel abroad for four weeks to receive medical treatment, saying the duration could be extended according to medical reports.
In a coup to the government, which had placed a condition of compensation vouchers for Nawaz's trip, the court had ordered the federal government to remove its name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions.
A bench of two judges of the higher court had announced the provisional order around 5:45 p. M. On Saturday after the marathon procedure that began at 12:15 p. M. In the presence of the president of PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif, and other party leaders.
In his statement today, Aurangzeb said doctors had performed a detailed examination of Nawaz [health], adding that they had consulted on how to make the former prime minister fit for travel.
Aurangzeb said the process of administering a high dose of steroids to Nawaz was underway so that his platelet count could be brought to an adequate level to travel. In addition, they are giving him medications to reduce his high blood sugar level and for other medical problems, he said.
He appealed to the nation to pray for the supreme PML-N to have a safe journey.
Earlier on Sunday morning, Nawaz's personal physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, said the former prime minister was scheduled to travel to London within 48 hours "once he is clinically stabilized, he is worthy of traveling. [and] it's safe to travel by plane. "
"Will make the trip in a fully equipped place [and] air ambulance with medical personnel; coming soon, "added Dr. Khan in a tweet.
Acclaimed LHC decision
After the decision of the higher court to allow Nawaz to travel abroad to receive treatment on Saturday, Shehbaz, Nawaz's brother, cheered the decision and said the prayers of his mother, the nation and supporters had been granted.
Shehbaz signed a commitment that he would "guarantee the return" of his brother "within four weeks or with the doctors' certification that he has recovered his health and is in a position to return to Pakistan."
"I pledge to provide / send the periodic medical report of the doctor duly notarized by the embassy to the registrar of this court," said the document signed by the president of PML-N.
"I also pledge that if at any time, the federal government has credible information that Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is living abroad despite his ability to travel, a representative of the Pakistan High Commission would have the right to meet with his (s) doctor (s) to verify or confirm your health. "
Following the court's orders, Shehbaz had said he would accompany his older brother abroad.
"Initially, we will go to London, but we will move to any other country on the advice of doctors," he said, adding that if necessary, he would stay abroad with his brother.
The president of PML-N added that Nawaz's daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, will remain in Pakistan.
The Sharif family receives "too much relief"
Meanwhile, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan had said that the former prime minister and his family had received "too much relief from the system" despite the fact that ordinary people and those of privileged classes should receive the same treatment.
"This case was not decided on merit and the court will take this matter into consideration when announcing the (final) verdict," he said Saturday while addressing a press conference with the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Information, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
The attorney general was asked whether or not relief would be granted (similar to that granted to Nawaz) to common prisoners, which would allow them to be treated by doctors in their homes.
Khan said: "I think Nawaz Sharif and his family have enjoyed too much relief; we want equal treatment for everyone."
He added that only after receiving a written order from the court will the federal cabinet have the power to decide whether an appeal should be filed against him.
Single government permit for medical care
On Wednesday, the Pakistani government Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), after much deliberation, had granted a one-time permit to Nawaz for four weeks to travel abroad for treatment, provided he presented compensation vouchers worth more than 7,500 crore.
The condition was questioned in LHC by the PML-N legal team, on behalf of the former prime minister, on Thursday and was taken by the two-member bank the same day.
On Saturday, the LHC allowed Nawaz to travel abroad initially for a period of four weeks, extendable based on medical reports.
Nawaz, who was diagnosed with an immune system disorder, was advised to go abroad for medical treatment. The former prime minister is convicted in two corruption cases and is suspected in another.
The former prime minister was transferred from the Kot Lakhpat prison to the hospital last month after his personal physician warned of his deteriorated health. After this, Shehbaz had submitted a request to the Ministry of Interior, as well as to the National Office of Responsibility (NAB) for the removal of Nawaz's name from the ECL so that the former prime minister could travel abroad for medical treatment.
Nawaz, who was jailed after an accountability court found him guilty in Al Azizia's corruption referral, received bail from the Islamabad High Court for humanitarian reasons. He also obtained a bond in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, in which he is a suspect, of the LHC.