Govt committee to vet Nawaz Sharif's medical reports
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat leading two-member body
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The Punjab Home Department on Monday has formed a committee for suggestions over ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s medical reports in connection with extension in his bail plea.
The committee headed by Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat also includes provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Momin Agha.
Earlier, the Punjab government had raised objections over Nawaz’s reports and said that incomplete medical information was submitted. The medical reports stated that delay in Nawaz Sharif’s angiography could threaten his life.
On Oct 29, 2019, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had suspended sentence of former premier Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds for eight weeks in the Al-Azizia reference case. The court had ordered him to submit two surety bonds of Rs2 million each to the court for securing his release.
A plea for bail had been filed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif for his brother Nawaz, who was under treatment at Lahore’s Services Hospital. The court further announced that for an extension in bail, the Punjab government should be approached.
On Oct. 25, 2019, Nawaz was procured bail on medical grounds in the ongoing Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court. The former premier submitted two surety bonds worth Rs10 million each for his release in the case.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif had filed an application for the release of his brother on bail.
On Nov 19, 2019, Nawaz Sharif arrived in London, three weeks after he was granted bail by the IHC in the Al-Azizia case on medical grounds, along with his brother Shehbaz Sharif after the government and courts granted him permission to travel abroad. Sharif and members of his family had also consulted several doctors, including those who specialised in cardiac issues and immune disorders.
Accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had last year on Dec 24 convicted Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference but acquitted him in the Flagship Investment case. Sharif was handed seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia reference with two fines – Rs1.5 billion and $25 million. A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office was also part of the sentence. de the comments in a February 3 speech published by state media on Saturday.
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