The Supreme Court’s three member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Friday (May 3) rejected the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking permanent bail on medical grounds. Supreme Court also dismisses petition of Nawaz Sharif seeking treatment abroad. Its worth mentioning that Nawaz’s bail will end on May 7.
During the hearing Chief Justice Khosa remarked that the bench “will not talk about anything concerning the future”. “Doctors can comment better on his illness,” the top judge observed, adding, “This was part of the package that you can request for a bail extension after six weeks.” “We will have to see whether we review our order or not,” he added. “Is a cancellation in the bail [such a] rare thing,” the chief justice remarked to Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris. “The courts are ridiculed every time and given a political angle,” the judge continued.
Khawaja Haris told the bench that his client was suffering from kidney-related ailment as well as depression, and asked the court to extend the bail for eight more weeks. “Doctors are treating Nawaz and monitoring him on a daily basis,” the counsel said.
“One point [in the petition] states that Nawaz is not getting better. Another states that he wishes to undergo treatment abroad,” the chief justice observed. “We have good doctors and machines available here [in the country]. How can we know that his treatment is not possible here?” Chief Justice Khosa questioned. “The medical board had said an angiography was crucial, that’s why we had granted him bail,” the judge remarked.
Earlier Nawaz Sharif on April 25 filed a review petition in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking permanent bail on medical grounds and approval to travel abroad for treatment. Nawaz Sharif’s medical history had also been affixed with the application that was submitted by the former premier’s counsel, Khawaja Haris. Nawaz’ lawyer argued that six weeks are not enough for recovery of Nawaz Sharif and doctors suggested complete treatment and rest.
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20 July, 2019