SC issues notice to NAB on Nawaz Sharif’s bail petition

ISLAMABAD, March 19 (INP): 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.

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khan Khosa 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.

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.”