Published On: Tue, Sep 15th, 2020
Published in Category: Government

Punjab govt apprises law ministry, NAB of reasons behind rejection of Nawaz’s bail

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LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Government of Punjab has apprised Law Ministry and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of reasons behind rejection of former prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s plea for extension in bail.

According to the letter, Nawaz Sharif has failed to provide any credible medical report and proof of his treatment. Provincial government also stated that PML-N supremo is not entitled to extension in bail or suspension of sentence.

Punjab government has asked law ministry and the anti-graft watchdog to take appropriate action against Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia reference.

It stated that on February 25, the provincial cabinet discussed the matter at length and after considering the opinion of a special medical board, the recommendations of a committee formed to look into the matter, and relevant record as well as the law, it was decided that the circumstances of the case do not merit the concession of continued suspension of Nawaz Sharif’s sentence.

“Furthermore, the cabinet observed that sufficient time and opportunities were afforded to the applicant to establish continuation of his indisposition, but the applicant was unable to provide required necessary medical reports to establish such medical condition,” the report said.

On September 10, the Islamabad High Court had ruled that it will decide on September 15 whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will get any relief or not.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar Kayani heard appeals filed by the PML-N supremo against his conviction in the Al-Azizia and Avenfield cases.

The bench questioned how can the court proceed with his plea without his surrendering before it and directed both his lawyer Khawaja Haris and the NAB prosecutor to forward their arguments in this regard on next hearing.

Subsequently, the court had directed to present arguments over admissibility of the plea and adjourned the hearing till today (Tuesday).