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Pakistan

Web Desk
March 19, 2019

Hearing on Nawaz Sharif's bail plea adjourned till March 26

Pakistan

Web Desk
Tue, Mar 19, 2019

Highlights

  • Supreme Court of Pakistan heard former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's bail plea.
  • The hearing was conducted by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi.
  • IHC on February 25, dismissed Nawaz' petition seeking bail on medical grounds.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday adjourned hearing on  former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's bail plea till March 26 after issuing notices to the National Accountability Bureau.

The former prime minister is serving a jail term in Al-Azizia corruption reference in Kotlakhpat jail where his health condition is said to have deteriorated.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi  took  up the petition.

Lawyer representing the former prime minister produced his medical reports before the bench.

Justice Khosa said the court was aware of Sharif's medical history and it will look into the reports provided by his lawyers.

Khawaja Haris, a counsel for Sharif, said  medical reports of his  client from e July 29,2018 have been submitted to the court.

"We will have to read all the reports," Geo News quoted the Chief Justice as having told the lawyer. 

The CJ said the court was also aware that Sharif had undergone treatment in London.

Nawaz' petition seeking bail on medical grounds was dismissed by Islamabad High Court on February 25 as well as his application for suspension of his seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia reference.

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The former Muslim League-Nawaz supremo has been sentenced at Kot Lakhpat jail since December last year.

On December 24, an accountability court in Islamabad had sentenced Nawaz to seven years in prison along with a fine of Rs1.5 billion and US$25 million in the corruption reference