Al-Azizia Reference: IHC issues notice to NAB and others on Nawaz’s plea seeking release over medical grounds

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday an Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and others on a fresh petition by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.

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Former Prime Minister, Nawaz is incarcerated in Kot Lakh Pat jail, Lahore.

The case was heard by the division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

At the start of the hearing, Justice Kayani asked about the health condition of the PML-N supremo.

“Is Nawaz Sharif being treated or not,” he asked.

Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris said he had attached medical experts’ prognosis about his client with the bail petition.

The former prime minister through his lawyer filed the petition seeking suspension of his seven-year sentence and grant of post arrest bail on medical grounds.

The counsel, citing medical reports, stated that his client’s condition is critical and he required a stress-free environment for his treatment. He added Sharif is suffering from various diseases that could prove to be life-threatening.

He recalled that the Supreme Court had earlier suspended the sentence of Sharif for six weeks so that he could get medical treatment from physicians of his choice.

The lawyer said medical tests of the former prime minister suggested, “the multifarious diseases/ailments of the petitioner [Sharif] are not only life threatening, the threat to the petitioner’s life on account of these co-morbidities is bound to aggravate in case the petitioner is exposed to any physical or psychological stress”.

He also rejecting an impression that the petition is aimed at allowing Sharif a chance to get treatment abroad and secure NRO-like deal.

Court permits NAB to probe Nawaz over the purchase of bulletproof govt vehicles

RAWALPINDI: An accountability court on Tuesday granted permission to NAB to investigate former premier over the purchase of more than 30 bulletproof government vehicles.

A team of NAB officials is therefore tasked to question the ex-premier over the matter in Kot Lakhpat Jail.

According to the anti-graft body, ongoing inquiry pertained to the illegal use of 34 bulletproof cars that were purchased from Germany sans duty for guests of the 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit — in 2016.

Nawaz had subsequently added 20 of those 34 cars to his own motorcade and he, as well as his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, used the vehicles for their personal use too, said NAB.

The accountability watchdog further said the statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the former prime minister and a member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had already been recorded and that Fawad Hasan Fawad and the ex-foreign secretary had also been questioned in this matter.

The bureau asserted that officers associated with the foreign ministry went beyond their authority with regard to the bulletproof cars.

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