IHC turns down Nawaz’s plea for bail on medical grounds

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday rejected a bail plea by the former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif.

A two-member bench of the IHC announced the decision. The verdict had been reserved by the IHC earlier today.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is serving a seven-year sentence at Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was found guilty in the Al-Azizia/Metal Hills establishment case.

Sharif’s lawyer, Khawaja Haris, had argued before the court that his client had multiple diseases such as cardiac problems, blood pressure and diabetes. He said that these were dangerous diseases which could not be treated in Pakistan.

The superintendent of the jail and a medical officer had claimed in court that the former prime minister’s health was much better now that he was being given medical care. The jail superintendent pleaded with the court not to provide bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds.

Haris had pleaded with the court to grant bail to his client on medical grounds. The former prime minister is also in mental stress due to his ailment,” he had said.

However, the court turned the bail plea down.