Ex-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in London hospital

A friend said Nawaz Sharif was hospitalised as part of a regular check up.

London: Nawaz Sharif, leader of Pakistan`s largest opposition party, is being treated at a London hospital for heart problems, a spokesman for his political party said on Wednesday.

Sharif was admitted to a hospital on Monday, but his condition is now stable and doctors are carrying out more tests, said Ahsan Iqbal, spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League-N.

"He experienced some symptoms, some heaviness in his (chest), and the doctors asked him to come in," he said.

Family friend Mazar Ahmed said Sharif is "perfectly OK" and the hospitalisation was part of a regularly scheduled check up. He added that the 61-year-old is due to be released on Thursday.

Sharif served as Pakistan`s prime minister for two non-consecutive terms, during which he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and tried to vastly increase his powers of his office while pushing aside Pakistan`s penal code in favour of an Islamic justice system. Many saw these ill-fated moves as an attempt to "Talibanise" Pakistan, which eroded his popularity. He was overthrown in a 1999 coup by then-General Pervez Musharraf.

As the leader of Pakistan`s present opposition party, Sharif has walked a careful line, making it hard to ascertain if he is pro-Taliban or pro-United States.

Family friend Mazar Ahmed said Sharif is "perfectly OK" and the hospitalisation was part of a regularly scheduled check up. He added that the 61-year-old is due to be released on Thursday.

Sharif served as Pakistan`s prime minister for two non-consecutive terms, during which he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and tried to vastly increase his powers of his office while pushing aside Pakistan`s penal code in favour of an Islamic justice system. Many saw these ill-fated moves as an attempt to "Talibanise" Pakistan, which eroded his popularity. He was overthrown in a 1999 coup by then-General Pervez Musharraf.

As the leader of Pakistan`s present opposition party, Sharif has walked a careful line, making it hard to ascertain if he is pro-Taliban or pro-United States.

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