ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif challenging the Islamabad High Court’s verdict dismissing his bail application in Al-Azizia corruption reference.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa and including Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi will take up the petition put off the hearing until March 26.
Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris submitted medical reports of his client, stating a board of medical experts had recommended transferring him to a hospital equipped with all essential facilities.
He said five different medical boards were constituted to assess the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supremo’s health, which were unanimous in their prognosis that he was suffering from health problems.
Haris said it was the basic right of an inmate to get treatment to his satisfaction.
Justice Khosa said the bench will have to go through the former premier’s medical reports. “We have to see whether the ailment [Sharif was suffering from] has deteriorated,” he said.
“According to Nawaz’s second medical report, his blood pressure is quite high, and he suffers from a kidney stone, hepatitis, diabetes and heart ailment,” Justice Khosa observed.
Justice Khosa observed that the former premier spent a busy life despite these diseases in the past. “He ran election campaign and faced trial along with addressing public gatherings.”
Earlier in February, IHC had rejected Nawaz’s bail petition seeking suspension of the sentence handed to him in the Al-Azizia case verdict on medical grounds.
The court maintained that all medical facilities are available to Nawaz, and hence, his demand for bail is not justified. Nawaz had then moved the apex court against IHC’s decision.
It may be mentioned that an accountability court of Islamabad had on December 24, 2018, convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment and a hefty fine.