ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has dismissed the plea of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeking an extension in his bail citing health issues after his counsel failed to satisfy the court in his arguments.
As the hearing went underway, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris pleaded to extend the bail plea for eight more weeks, claiming that health of his client is worsening and hence, he needs to go through Angiography.
Chief Justice responded that angiography does not require this much time.
“Angiography takes an hour and we had granted six weeks. What treatment did he go through in this time?”, the court inquired.
To this, Khawaja Haris apprised that medical reports of his client indicated that ‘several diseases’ had gripped the former premier.
“He got medical treatment and his reports showed that his health has further worsened”, he said.
Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa stated that Apex court’s decision of granting former PM with six-week bail seems to have turned out for the worst, after which the courtroom echoed with a burst of laughter.
“We are not instructing you to move any forum as you are not bound by it. Nawaz was given six-weel bail on the basis of his medical report which had mentioned angiography.
Reference of advices of 31 medical experts and five medical boards was given regarding health of Nawaz Sharif”, CJP affirmed, adding that the court had given ‘complete package’ in its decision of granting bail.
Appeal For Abroad Medical Treatment Denied
While presenting arguments before the court, Khawaja Haris called for treatment of his client in abroad, citing ‘worsening heart condition’ of Nawaz Sharif.
However, when inquired by the top court on taking any medical expert’s advice after being released from prison, the counsel answered in positive and said that the medical reports were also submitted in the court.
Chief Justice reiterated his emphasis on the basis upon which Apex court had given former premier bail.
“We granted the bail because the medical report, whose report you tabled before court, had recommended angiography of Nawaz Sharif. Now you state that his treatment is impossible within Pakistan. Your statement is contrary to what you said in your first plea”, he maintained.
The court then dismissed PML-N Supremo’s plea seeking extension in bail, also denying him of availing any medical treatment from abroad.
It is to be noted that Top Court, on March 26, had granted Sharif bail for six weeks on medical grounds on surety bonds amounting to Rs5 million each.
Last week, Nawaz Sharif had filed a 33-page review petition in the Supreme Court (SC), seeking permission for his treatment abroad.
The petition had stated that the apex court had approved conditional bail to Sharif for six weeks on March 26 on medical grounds, which restricted him to leave the country.
The apex court was pleaded to review the decision regarding the limitation of medical treatment to Sharif inside Pakistan. Sharif’s treatment was only possible through the doctor who previously treated him in United Kingdom (UK), it added.