Islamabad (26th Oct, 2019): The Islamabad High Court took up a application seeking the suspension of Nawaz Sharif’s seven-year prison sentence in the Al Azizia Steel Mills case.
Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah is hearing the petition filed by PML-N President and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif.
Former PM Nawaz Sharif, who was completing his sentence at Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore, is currently seeking treatment at Services Hospital Lahore. His personal doctors say his platelet count is critically low. He was shifted to the hospital from NAB custody Monday night. A accountability court had remanded him into the bureau’s custody for investigation in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case. On Friday, the Lahore High Court approved Nawaz’s bail in the case.
The former PM’s medical report has been submitted in Lahore High Court.
Shehbaz had filed for the case to be heard on an emergency basis. “What is the emergency in this case?” asked Justice Minallah.
Attaullah Tarar, a member of Nawaz’s legal team, informed the court that his client’s condition isn’t good.
The High Court judge then asked if NAB had opposed Nawaz’s bail petition during the hearing at Lahore High Court. The lawyer said that the bureau didn’t oppose it.
The provincial government has the right to suspend the verdict of a prisoner, said Justice Minallah. The hearing has been adjourned till 4pm.
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