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Bilawal Bhutto meets ailing Sharif in jail; demands best treatment for 3-time PM

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

In a significant development in Pakistan's political scene, Opposition Bhutto met at the here on Monday and asked the Imran Khan-led government to provide the best medical treatment to the ailing former

Sharif, 69, has been imprisoned at the high security since December 2018 following his conviction in a corruption case.

Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, quoting cardiologists sent by the government to examine Sharif on Thursday said, the 3-time has "worsened".

Peoples Party Bilawal's meeting with Sharif is being seen by political observers as a step to form a major opposition alliance against the in days to come.

After the meeting, told reporters outside the jail that he came to to inquire after Sharif's health.

"Although there are political differences but Mr Sharif is not well and I have come here to see him and inquire after his health. Mr Sharif looked very unwell.

"I demand the government provide him best treatment. He should be given treatment according to his wish. Injustice shouldn't be done to him," Bilawal, 30, said.

He said it is difficult to defend the country on human rights if best treatment is not accorded to a three-time

"It is our failure that the chartered of democracy couldn't be implemented in letter and spirit. We need to devise a new charter in this regard," he said.

He said: "I hope will not strike a deal and stay determined. I didn't take any impression that he was keen to go to for treatment."

Sharif is serving a seven year imprisonment in Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case, one of the three graft cases filed by the on the orders of the

PPP senior told that the meeting between and Sharif lasted more than an hour.

Senior PPP party leaders, including Qamar Zaman Kaira, and accompanied Bilawal during his jail visit.

on Saturday asked to ensure that every health facility in the country is made available for Nawaz to get the treatment of his choice.

When asked about a joint political alliance against the government in the wake of Bilawal's meeting with Sharif, Qureshi said: "It is very much on the card as the honeymoon period of the government is over and the Opposition will be seen united against this government that has brought miseries to the people of

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 17:40 IST