Islamabad, September 9
Embattled former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday filed a petition within the Islamabad High Court (IHC), stating that his well being situation wouldn’t permit him to return house from London and give up in a corruption case by September 10, in accordance with a media report.
Last week, the IHC gave a “last chance” to the previous premier to give up and seem earlier than it on September 10 for listening to within the AL-Azizia corruption case. The court docket had warned of authorized motion for absconding.
Sharif, 70, has been in London since November final yr after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go overseas for 4 weeks for treating a coronary heart illness and an immune system dysfunction. The three-time premier was sentenced to seven years within the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.
Nawaz’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris Ahmed, filed the evaluation petition on Wednesday and submitted the previous premier’s newest medical recordsdata attested by London-based guide cardiothoracic surgeon Dr David Lawrence, The Dawn newspaper reported.
“The fact of the matter is that [Nawaz] is still suffering from multiple comorbidities [and] his treatment in London has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. All the doctors that have treated him in the past, as well as those who have been treating him since his arrival in London, have strongly advised him not to travel to Pakistan without getting his treatment done,” Ahmed stated within the petition, which stated return to Pakistan now could possibly be “fatal” for the PML-N supremo.
The petition identified that an enchantment below Section 423 of the Code of Criminal Procedure decides guilt or innocence and that there isn’t a want for Sharif to be current bodily.
“By no stretch of the imagination does the said provision of law insist upon the presence of the appellant before the court, even if such a presence would expose him to the risk of losing his life,” Ahmed was quoted within the report.
The petition urged the court docket to forgo the previous premier’s give up.
The Pakistan authorities has already declared Sharif an “absconder” and approached the UK authorities for his extradition.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar final month stated Sharif’s four-week bail on medical grounds had expired in December final yr.
Akbar stated the federal government would process the National Accountability Bureau to pursue Sharif’s extradition. In May, an image of Sharif having tea at a London cafe alongside along with his household went viral on social media, sparking a debate on the seriousness of his well being situation.
The authorities got here below additional criticism when final week Sharif’s images surfaced on-line, displaying him strolling in a avenue, prompting calls from inside the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to deliver him again. PTI