Pak courtroom offers ‘last chance’ to former PM Nawaz Sharif to give up earlier than September 10

Islamabad, September 1

A Pakistani courtroom on Tuesday gave a “last chance” to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to give up and seem earlier than it on September 10 for listening to in a corruption case towards him, in keeping with media reviews.

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    A two-member particular bench of the Islamabad High Court—comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani—on Tuesday heard the petitions towards the sentences of Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar within the Avenfield and Al-Azizia Steel Mills circumstances, Dawn News reported.

“We are not passing the final verdict as of yet. We are giving you [Nawaz] last chance to surrender before the next hearing. Nawaz Sharif should appear before the court in any case,” the bench mentioned.

Sharif’s lawyer, Khawaja Harris, mentioned the previous premier was not medically match to return to Pakistan and a associated petition was pending within the Lahore High Court.

Further listening to of the case was adjourned until September 10. Appeals of Maryam and Captain Safdar could be heard on September 23, the Express Tribune reported.

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 week mentioned Sharif’s four-week bail on medical grounds had expired in December final yr.

Akbar mentioned the federal government would job the National Accountability Bureau to pursue Sharif’s extradition.

 In a latest interview with ARY News, Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned his authorities “regretted” the choice to carry the ban on Sharif.

In May, an image of Sharif having tea at a London cafe alongside together with his household went viral on social media, sparking a debate on the seriousness of his well being situation.

The authorities got here underneath additional criticism when final week Sharif’s pictures surfaced on-line, displaying him strolling in a road, prompting calls from inside the ruling  Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to carry him again. PTI


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