ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up 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.
The three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, is hearing the petition against the verdict of the high court as Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris is forwarding his arguments.
A bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin AKhtar Kayani on February 25 dismissed Sharif’s petition seeking bail and suspension of his seven-year imprisonment on medical grounds.
“Nawaz Sharif is not suffering from any disease which cannot be treated in Pakistan,” the bench had observed.
The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined Rs1.5 billion and $25 million in the Al-Azizia corruption reference by an accountability court on December 24, 2018.
Earlier, on March 1, Sharif filed a petition in the Supreme Court pleading with it to set aside the judgment of the IHC that rejected his bail plea in Al-Azizia corruption reference.
The PML-N supremo named the federation, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the accountability court judge and the superintendent jail as parties in his petition.
He submitted that the order passed by the IHC division bench is in utter derogation of the principles governing grant of bail/suspension of sentence laid down by the apex court in the judgements cited before the division bench.
Sharif’s lawyer said the division bench committed a jurisdictional error in misreading the record and thereby basing its judgement on an erroneous assumption that he was receiving best possible medical treatment in hospital.
However, the fact is that as per the medical reports submitted in the case, his treatment had not yet been started, rather these reports can only pertain to the diagnosis showing that he is suffering from various ailments, he added.
The counsel said the ailments his client is suffering from constitutes a risk of stroke, an alarming degree of threat of irreversible damage to his heart, potential threat to further deterioration of his 3rd stage chronic kidney disease, and aggravation of his T2 Diabetes Millitus and Hypertension.