IHC to hear Nawaz Sharif’s plea for suspension of sentence in Al-Azizia reference today

IHC, Nawaz Sharif, plea, suspension, sentence, Al-Azizia, reference, today
29 Oct, 2019 12:01 am

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear the plea of former premier Nawaz Sharif for suspension of his sentence in the Al-Azizia reference case on Tuesday.

A team consisting of Additional Prosecutor General Nayyar Rizvi and Jahanzeb Bharwana will represent NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The court had also summoned Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.

On October 26, a two-member bench of the IHC comprising of Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had granted interim bail to Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds till October 29.

After resumption of the hearing for the fourth time, the NAB prosecutor had told court that they did not oppose the bail on humanitarian grounds.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the court will reject the bail if the government opposes the bail. “The NAB and the government will be held responsible if anything happens to Nawaz Sharif,” he remarked.

He remarked that all ministers were issuing the statements to shift the responsibility onto courts. “The government should clearly give the reply either positive or negative,” he said.

The additional attorney general said that the federal government had no role in the matter. The court asked the additional attorney general either to take responsibility or oppose the bail.

Earlier adjournment of the hearing till 4pm, counsel for Nawaz Sharif told court that Nawaz had suffered a minor heart attack last night and his condition had worsened further. “There is a threat to his life,” he said.

Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the provincial government can suspend the sentence of a convict on medical grounds.

The court issued notices to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, asking them to appoint their representative and send him to court till 4pm.

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