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Sharif files plea seeking bail on medical grounds

ISLAMABAD: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday filed a bail application in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking a bail on medical grounds, ARY News reported.

Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, requested to grant a bail to the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo on humanitarian grounds and for necessary medical check-ups.

Sharif was unable to undergo proper medical examination due to his imprisonment, reads the petition.

The registrar office of the IHC received the application.

On Jan 22, Sharif was brought to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) from Kot Lakhpat jail for a medical examination amid tight security.

A three-member medical board comprising doctors from the PIC examined the health of the PML-N leader. Upon completion of the medical checkup, he was shifted back to the prison where he is serving seven-year term awarded to him in the Al-Azizia corruption reference by an accountability court.

The accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik on Dec 24 sentenced Sharif to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia reference case

Already disqualified for holding public office, he was however acquitted of all charges in the Flagship Investment case. The former premier was arrested by a NAB team soon after the verdict was announced.

Whereas on Jan 3, NAB moved two appeals in the IHC, challenging the accountability court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references against Sharif.

The anti-graft watchdog had pleaded to increase the sentence awarded to Sharif in the Al-Azizia case and overturn his acquittal in the Flagship reference.

“The accountability court passed the impugned judgment in slipshod and a cursory manner without adverting to evidence available on record,” reads the petition. “There is absolute misreading and non-reading of the evidence tendered by the prosecution so much so that the prosecution witnesses stood the test of being sagacious and tendered unimplacable deposition despite lengthy cross examination.”



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