LAHORE: Former premier and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif returned to Kot Lakhpat jail with his entourage on late Tuesday, following the expiry of his six-week bail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.

Former premiers daughter Maryam and nephew Hamza Shahbaz, along with Rana Sana Ullah, Mohammad Zubair, Talal Chaudhry and other party leaders, have been accompanying the former prime minister.

Hundreds of PML-N workers gathered at this occasion to express solidarity with their leader.

Earlier on May 3, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for an extension in the bail granted to him on medical grounds.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the petition, which the former premier had filed as he sought an extension in the bail until a decision on the review petition.

Nawaz had been granted bail on medical grounds by the apex court on March 26 for six weeks. On April 25, he had submitted a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking a permanent bail.

His bail is set to expire on May 7.

As today’s hearing went underway, Chief Justice Khosa remarked that the bench will not talk about anything concerning the future.

Doctors can comment better on his illness, the top judge observed, adding, This was part of the package that you can request for a bail extension after six weeks.

We will have to see whether we review our order or not, he added.

Nawaz, thrice the prime minister of Pakistan, had been in jail since December 2018 following his conviction in Al Azizia corruption reference in line with the Supreme Courts July 2017 verdict. An accountability court on December 24 had found the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader guilty in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

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