Lahore High Court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif

Lahore High Court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif

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A top Pakistani court on Friday granted bail to jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds in the Chaudhry Sugar Mill case.

Nawaz Sharif was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with an acute immune disorder. The 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo was rushed to the Services Hospital in Lahore from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office late on Monday night after a massive drop in his platelet count.

The Lahore High Court verdict was based on a bail application filed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif for the release of his brother from the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC), headed by Justice Baqar Najafi, heard the petition of PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif seeking the release of his elder brother from the custody of the NAB on medical grounds in the money laundering case and accepted it.

However, Sharif will not be released immediately as the Islamabad High Court adjourned the hearing of his bail plea in a separate Al-Azizia steel mills case until Tuesday.

The three-time premier’s lawyer Ashtar Ausaf told the court that his condition is “extremely serious” and he should be granted bail.

Sharif has been under treatment at the Services Hospital since Monday night after his condition deteriorated in the NAB’s custody. He is also serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia corruption case.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) also took up a petition to release him on medical grounds in Al-Azizia steel mills case in which he was convicted for seven years in December last year and was kept in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.

A two-member IHC bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar, was informed that Sharif’s condition was not good as his platelets count was not stable.The court sought complete medical reports of Sharif and adjourned the hearing till October 29.