Health Comes First

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others

It is obviously true that health comes first therefore former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has the right to travel to London to get the best medical treatment.  However, considering the fact that he has been convicted by a competent court of law Sharif is not allowed to leave the county.  There is no denying the fact that Pakistan had experienced unprecedented economic growth during Sharif’s tenure.

Ironically despite making huge economic achievements like CPEC Mr. Sharif forgot that heath comes first and therefore paid no attention on improving medical facilities in Pakistan. Resultantly the third time elected Prime Minister had to travel to London for medical treatment while he was still in power.

Pakistan is a third world country and cannot offer the best healthcare system therefore any affluent person can go abroad for medical treatment.  However, in case of Nawaz Sharif preferring medical treatment abroad seems ridiculous and points out his own negligence towards the health sector. “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others” is the famous proclamation in George Orwells’ Novel Animal Farm. This proclamation is a comment on the hypocrisy of the ruling elite who talk about the equality of all citizens but give privileges to a small group.  Likewise the idea that Mr. Sharif is too great a leader to risk his life by experimenting Pakistan’s healthcare system demonstrates that all animals are not equal.

It is obviously true that Nawaz Sharif is unfortunately seriously ill and needs the best healthcare facilities. Therefore according to news sources 24 doctors had been appointed for him while he was admitted to Services Hospital. Furthermore the government had provided him the best medical facility available worth millions of rupees. However, Mr. Sharif preferred to be treated at Sharif Medical Complex.  Nawaz Sharif’s deteriorating health has been a serious matter of concern suggesting that every moment is precious hence he should be immediately flown to London.  Therefore, the Sharif family was every ready to shift Mr. Sharif to London had his name not been placed on the ECL. His name still remains on the ECL and cannot be removed however the present government has allowed him travel abroad on the condition of depositing indemnity bonds. According to the Sharif family’s perspective indemnity bonds are equivalent to ransom and therefore unacceptable.  In view of law experts since Sharif is not allowed to leave the country hence depositing indemnity bonds worth 7 billion is a reasonable condition. In light of this condition the Sharif family will have to guarantee that the former Prime Minster will return to the country once his health improves.  The Sharif’s considering the condition of indemnity bonds will have to grant a piece of their property worth 7 billion as security to the State.

According to the Sharif family’s perspective indemnity bonds are equivalent to ransom and therefore unacceptable.  In view of law experts since Sharif is not allowed to leave the country hence depositing indemnity bonds worth 7 billion is a reasonable condition. In light of this condition the Sharif family will have to guarantee that the former Prime Minster will return to the country once his health improves.  The Sharif’s considering the condition of indemnity bonds will have to grant a piece of their property worth 7 billion as security to the State. According to PLMN’s point of view Mr. Sharif’s health is being politicized and God forbid if something bad occurs PM Imran Khan would be blamed for it. However, the Sharif’s during Musharraf’s tenure got some part of their property confiscated guaranteeing that they would return to Pakistan.  Humza Sharif in light of the settlement between Musharraf and the Sharif’s had to stay in Pakistan as a guarantor. Therefore, the present government is adamant on the fact that Nawaz Sharif can only travel abroad if he deposits indemnity bonds. The matter has now been taken to court and therefore the case is expected to require time.  Since health comes first therefore on view suggests that the Sharif’s should deposit the indemnity bond for the sake of Nawaz Sharif’s health. However, the Sharif’s are of the view that indemnity bonds could lead them into political trouble.  Therefore, the Sharif family succumbing to the fear of any political trouble seems to be wasting time and ignoring the fact that health comes first.



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