Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told the Islamabad High Court that he is currently residing in London and will return to Pakistan as soon as his doctors allow him to return home.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the government’s decision not to extend his bail as a premeditated plan, saying it was done to discredit him.
It may be recalled that Nawaz Sharif was granted bail on medical grounds in the Azizia Steel Mill reference after which he went to London for treatment.
The court had initially allowed the attachments for six weeks and said that if they needed further bail for treatment, they could apply to the Punjab government for further extension in that period.
However, the Punjab government refused to extend them further.
On Tuesday, a bench of the Islamabad High Court will hear the former prime minister’s appeal against the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) court decision. Two NAB accountability courts have heard three verdicts against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar are on bail in the reference regarding London Flats while Nawaz Sharif was acquitted by the accountability court in the flagship reference.
The High Court will decide on the appeals in all three cases.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, referring to the Islamabad High Court through his lawyers, has said that his treatment in the UK was delayed due to the corona virus and as an elderly person he was confined to his home during this period.
According to Nawaz Sharif, despite his full commitment to return to Pakistan, he is unable to come at this time. According to him, his doctors have not declared his health satisfactory and have advised him to stay in London for treatment.
“Neither my health nor the doctors allow me to return to Pakistan at this time. I came to Pakistan at a time when my wife was seriously ill.
Islamabad High Court judges Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will hear Nawaz Sharif’s cases.
We will tell you the details of these three cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but first, it is important to know on what terms Nawaz Sharif was granted bail. The court will now first consider whether the bail granted to him on medical grounds could be extended.
Nawaz Sharif was granted bail for treatment and then allowed to go abroad.
When the court released Nawaz Sharif on bail, the verdict said that the Punjab government would have the power to extend his bail.
When Nawaz Sharif’s lawyers applied to the Punjab government for an extension, the government-appointed medical board, after considering their medical reports, recommended cancellation of bail, after which the Punjab government rejected the request for further extension of bail. Of
It may be recalled that when pictures of Nawaz Sharif walking in London and drinking coffee in a restaurant went viral on social media, the government had announced to intensify efforts for Nawaz Sharif’s repatriation and asked him to be allowed to go abroad. There was a mistake.
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed regret over his decision, while his adviser on home affairs, Shehzad Akbar, confirmed at a press conference that the Pakistani government would take necessary legal action against Nawaz Sharif’s extradition from March. The letter regarding the extradition of Nawaz Sharif was written on March 2 this year.
Shehzad Akbar did not say whether he had received a response to the letter from the British government in March.
How Is Nawaz Sharif’s Health Now?
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also sent a report of his Dr David Lawrence to the court along with a letter, which said that Nawaz Sharif’s heart needs to be treated after the situation returns to normal after Corona.
According to Dr David, Nawaz Sharif has been advised to exercise daily. According to Dr David, Nawaz Sharif is an elderly man and his coming out in the days of Corona virus is not without danger. He wrote in his report that he advised Nawaz Sharif to stay in London so that his proper treatment could be made possible.
It may be recalled that a bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court had heard the Avonfield reference and had also granted bail to all the accused.
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This is an important question that the court is expected to consider first.
If the court rejects the Punjab government’s decision, then it may be possible to extend Nawaz Sharif’s bail, otherwise the court will adjourn the case until the former prime minister returns to the country.
According to the former prime minister, the government is doing all this under a set plan while he has come abroad for treatment on the recommendation of the government’s own medical board.
According to him, a petition relating to his health was also pending in the Lahore High Court, on which a decision was yet to be taken, but the government still decided to cancel his bail.
According to the former prime minister, his lawyer had advised him not to challenge the Punjab government’s decision to reject his bail extension request in the Islamabad High Court from abroad as in such a case he would be granted bail earlier. You also have to apply for arrest.
Nawaz Sharif has asked the court to excuse him from appearing in the Avonfield reference and adjourn the hearing on the Azizia Steel Mill reference till his return or the court may pronounce its verdict after hearing it in the presence of his representative. ۔
Another Court Summons For Maryam Nawaz
Maryam Nawaz and Captain Safdar are also accused in the Avonfield reference. Maryam Nawaz’s lawyer Amjad Pervez has filed a petition in the court in which he has stated that he is on leave as a lawyer till September 5 and justice demands that the case be heard on another date.
It should be noted that the Islamabad High Court is going to hear the Avonfield reference after 22 months. Earlier, the NAB had requested for adjournment several times during the hearing of this reference, but now requests for adjournment on these references have now started coming from the Sharif family.
Let’s take a look at three references against Nawaz Sharif.
Judge Muhammad Bashir’s accountability court had ruled against the former prime minister in the Avonfield reference regarding the London flats. The decision was announced on July 6, a few days before the July 25, 2018, general election.
The court also sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and a fine. In this reference, besides Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar was also sentenced to jail.
When the reference reached the Islamabad High Court, after a detailed hearing on the appeals of the three accused, a bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah ordered the release of all on bail. He also explained the reason for the bail.
Now, along with the cancellation of bail for the NAB, the court will have to be satisfied that it will remove the reasons in the bail decision.
Azizia Steel Mills Reference
This reference is to Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment Mills. Both mills were owned by Hussain Nawaz. Nawaz Sharif’s position was that Azizia Steel Mills was set up by his father in 2001.
when he was ousted from power and deported under Pervez Musharraf. According to him, the mill was run by Hussain Nawaz on the instructions of his father, Mian Sharif.
According to NAB, Nawaz Sharif received huge sums of money from this mill, and he also gave money to his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and these sums were shown as gifts to avoid taxes.
After detailed hearings, Justice Arshad Malik also sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine in this reference. When Nawaz Sharif’s lawyers approached the Islamabad High Court against the reference, they were unable to secure bail.
The court ruled that the accused could not be granted bail without a major reason after the Supreme Court decision.
It may be recalled that when the NAB challenged the decision of the Islamabad High Court in the Avonfield reference in the Supreme Court,
the court upheld the bail because at that time Nawaz Sharif had gone to jail in the Azizia reference but former Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa Commenting on the High Court decision in the judgment, he said that the bail decisions should not be detailed.
It should be noted that in this reference, Judge Arshad Malik, who had convicted Nawaz Sharif, has been removed from his post for misconduct.
Nawaz Sharif was acquitted by Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik in the flagship reference, Capital FZE Reference, which was challenged by the NAB in the High Court.