ISLAMABAD: Former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo on Tuesday submitted a plea seeking to grant him an extension in previously granted bail.
Former premier in a petition pleaded the court to extend his previously granted six-weeks bail on health grounds is not sufficient for his complete recovery so the court should order to release him on permanent bail on medical grounds.
Earlier on April 26, The Supreme Court granted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif bail for six weeks on medical grounds which will end on May 7.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Justice Asif Saeed Khosa comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the petition filed by Nawaz Sharif challenging Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision not to grant him bail on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia corruption reference.
Announcing the verdict, Justice Khosa directed the former premier be granted bail for six weeks against two surety bonds worth Rs5 million each. The court, however, ordered that Nawaz will not be allowed to leave the country.
Earlier after both sides concluded their arguments, the court reserved its decision on the petition.
During the hearing, Nawazs counsel Khawaja Haris asked the court to grant the former premier bail for eight weeks. There will be no loss if Nawaz is granted bail for eight weeks. Even when Kulsoom Nawaz was sick people kept saying otherwise and when she passed away people said she had died earlier.
Justice Khosa, however, inquired as to what will happen if the IHC verdict on the appeal is announced during this time as it has been fixed for hearing on April 9. To this, Haris said, Only notices have been issued so far which I have not even received. If the appeal if even fixed for hearing on April 9, it will take time as the record is based on more than 4,000 pages.
As far as the treatment is concerned, my clients life is at risk. He will surrender himself to the court after the treatment is completed, he added. Nawazs counsel further said that his client is not leaving the country and his passport is with the court.
The NAB additional prosecutor opposing the bail has said that Nawaz is being monitored 24 hours and he has no life-threatening disease.
Justice Afridi, however, asked, If there is no threat to his life then why is the medical board not conducting his angiography.
Justice Sajjad Ali Shah added You kept shifting him from one hospital to another. No report said that Nawaz refused to get treated.
Sharif is serving a seven-year prison sentence awarded to him by an accountability court in the Al Azizia corruption case.
The chief justice then held consultations with the judges and wrote down the judgment.