There is no temporary relief for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former three times Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif as the Islamabad High Court on Thursday (June20) rejected his bail petition seeking release from jail on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani pronounced the verdict after hearing arguments from Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris and the prosecutor for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Sharif’s counsel had argued before the court that his client was suffering from multiple ailments and could only be treated abroad for which he should be granted bail. Haris feared for Sharif’s life citing his health problems including diabetes, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. He maintained that the ex-premier was under great mental stress because of his ailments. NAB’s prosecutor opposed the bail application saying the grounds in the application did not merit bail.
The former premier, who has been serving a seven-year prison term at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail since December 24, 2018, was granted a six-week bail on March 26 to get medical treatment. However, Nawaz filed a civil review petition against the order on April 27 which was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
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20 September, 2019