Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr. Shahbaz Gill has Tuesday said that former premier Nawaz Sharif will fall seriously ill in coming days after the Islamabad High Court ordered him surrender.
Special Assistant to PM Khan castigates Nawaz Sharif charade of being ill
The SAPM said in his statement that Nawaz Sharif’s illness is fake which occurs according to his needs. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership will now give different interpretations of the court order, he added.
It is pertinent here to mention that the IHC directed Nawaz Sharif to surrender before the court in the Avenfield reference and appear on September 10 at any cost.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani remarked that Nawaz Sharif has to appear before the court for hearing. If he is declared absconder in the reference then he may face additional three-year imprisonment, he went on to say.
Revisting Nawaz’s illness after being ousted from power
The medical Board overseeing the treatment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had reportedly recommended that he [Nawaz] needs to go abroad for his treatment. “Health department should talk to us,” Prof Dr. Mehmood Ayaz told reporters, adding that the medical board set up for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader’s treatment would give in writing that he needs to undergo genetic test from abroad.
#Nawaz needs to go abroad for treatment, says head of medical board
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Political commentators believed that the deal was already on the cards and the former premier was all set to leave for London. Nawaz has procured bail on medical grounds in the ongoing Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court. His seven-year jail sentence in the Al Azizia case has also been suspended by the Islamabad High Court for eight weeks on medical grounds.
Political commentators who previously spoke to GVS believed that while Nawaz be genuinely sick, impression is growing of a deal to create a sympathetic atmosphere in which he can be allowed to leave for London while cases against remain pending in courts. Those who suspect a deal point towards past. If history of Pakistan is anything to go by, then reports of a deal might as well be true.
No politically powerful person in Pakistan’s history has ever been punished in a court of law in a corruption case; convictions even if obtained in lower courts are almost always overturned by superior courts. System simply does not have the will to punish powerful people- they argue. In this case powerful sections of media, doctors and other actors active behind the scenes may be making a case to pressurize Prime Minister Imran Khan to let Nawaz go to London under a medical emergency, its being said.
GVS News Desk