Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif granted bail for 6 weeks for medical treatment within country

Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Sharif were sentenced to 10 and 7 years in prison respectively (File)

Srinagar: Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday granted former premier Nawaz Sharif bail for six weeks to obtain medical treatment within the country.

Sharif’s plea for bail was accepted by the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa today on medical grounds, Dawn reported.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) yesterday had also submitted an appeal opposing Sharif’s bail petition and asked that it be rejected.

Sharif is serving a seven-year prison sentence awarded to him by an accountability court in the Al Azizia corruption case. The former premier had filed a bail plea in the IHC on medical grounds but it was turned down last month, as the high court noted that “none of the reports [about Sharif’s condition] suggest that continued incarceration of the petitioner, in any way, would be detrimental to his life”.

Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris briefed the court regarding former premier’s medical reports. The chief justice pointed out that Haris had submitted an additional document in court, to which the lawyer responded that it was a letter from one Dr Lawrence to Dr Adnan.

When the court inquired who Dr Adnan was, Haris replied that he was Sharif’s personal physician.