IHC issues notice to NAB, Kot Lakhpat jail on Nawaz’s bail plea

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), accountability court, and superintendent Kot Lakhpat jail, on a petition filed by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking bail on medical grounds.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar heard the case. The bench also sought report of the medical board that examined Sharif.
The plea was filed by Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Nawaz Sharif, in the IHC, citing the deteriorating health of former prime minister.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), accountability court and superintendent of Kot Lakhpat jail were made respondents in the petition.
The former premier pleaded that the court suspend his sentence and grant him bail on health grounds against surety bonds.
Sharif was unable to undergo proper medical examination due to his imprisonment, reads the petition.
Four days ago, the former premier quoted the doctors part of a medical board formed to examine his health as saying that they can’t hospitalise him owing to pressure. The medical reports of Sharif were declared unsatisfactory. He had undergone echo and thallium scan tests at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC), according to reports.
The accountability court judge Muhammad Arshad Malik on Dec 24 sentenced Sharif to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia reference case.
Already disqualified for holding public office, he was however acquitted of all charges in the Flagship Investment case. The former premier was arrested by a NAB team soon after the verdict was announced.
Whereas on Jan 3, NAB moved two appeals in the IHC, challenging the accountability court verdict in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investment references against Sharif.
The anti-graft watchdog had pleaded to increase the sentence awarded to Sharif in the Al-Azizia case and overturn his acquittal in the Flagship reference.

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