Nawaz Sharif granted interim bail in Al-Azizia case

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been granted interim bail by the Islamabad High Court on humanitarian grounds in Al-Azizia reference until Tuesday.

A two-member Islamabad High Court bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict.

The PML-N supremo has been directed to deposit two bail bonds worth Rs2 million each. The court will resume hearing on petition on October 29.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the request for bail on medical grounds should not have been filed with the court to begin with, as the government has the authority to decide on such matters.

“You have half an hour to ask the NAB chairman whether he will oppose the judgment or submit an affidavit (declaring he has no objections),” Chief Justice Minallah told the home secretary.

The chief justice made clear that “if the government will oppose the request for bail, then (the court) will dismiss the request. However, if something happens to Nawaz Sharif in the meantime, the responsibility will be on NAB and the government.”

Meanwhile, the home secretary of Punjab replied that we cannot take responsibility of Nawaz Sharif’s health, to which, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stated that the government is responsible for all the citizens of Pakistan.

The home secretary requested the court to give verdict on merit.