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NAB asks IHC to dismiss Nawaz’s bail request


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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday, 12th February has submitted its reply on the bail request submitted by the deposed Premier Nawaz Sharif in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

A two-member bench of the IHC, comprising of Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar, is hearing the two bail pleas of deposed prime minister today, 12th February, seeking bail on medical grounds. An 18-page response asked for by the bench and submitted by the accountability watchdog has pleaded to the court to dismiss the bail plea.

Last week, Nawaz had been sent to services hospital for a checkup after he had complained of chest pain, to which the former premier had expressed his concerns and asked to be moved back to prison.

“The bureau opposes granting bail to PML-N supremo as two pleas were under-hearing against him”, the response reads. NAB has requested the IHC to impose a fine on Nawaz by disposing off his bail plea. Earlier, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif filed an application seeking the suspension of the ­jail sentence handed to him in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference on medical grounds.

The plea, which was filed by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris, was heard by the same bench on January 28th. Khwaja Haris told Justice Aamir that the bail plea is on the grounds of the former premier’s health and that his family has concerns.

When questioned by Justice Aamir regarding the formation of a new medical board, the lawyer responded that he has not heard anything of that sort from an authentic source, except television channels. “As per the issued report, Nawaz Sharif’s kidney was diagnosed with a third-stage disease,” Haris said while reading the report aloud.

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Following this, IHC had summoned all medical reports of the former prime minister and had adjourned the hearing till February 6, GVS earlier reported. The former premier in the plea requested that the accountability court verdict sentencing him is suspended until a decision is announced on his appeal against the jail term. NAB, accountability court and superintendent of Kot Lakhpat Jail had been made respondents.

“The sentence in Al-Azizia reference should be suspended and he should be granted bail on medical grounds against surety bond,” the petition read. In addition to that, a medical report dated January 17 had been attached with the plea during which a team of doctors had conducted a medical examination of Nawaz at the Kot Lakhpat jail.

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Last week, Nawaz had been sent to services hospital for a checkup after he had complained of chest pain, to which the former premier had expressed his concerns and asked to be moved back to prison.

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