Nawaz moves IHC again for bail on medical grounds


ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) again seeking bail on medical grounds.

Opinions of specialist doctors from Switzerland, US and UK have been included in the petition filed at the high court by the former premier’s counsel Khawaja Haris.

“According to the medical board Nawaz is suffering from numerous diseases.”

According to the reports, doctors recommended that the former premier’s condition is life-threatening. Tension and stress can prove to be threatening to Nawaz’s life, it was stated in the reports. Even Nawaz’s blood and sugar levels have not normalised, the petition went on to add.

The petition stated that all members of the special medical board, along with doctors associated with Doctors Hospital Lahore, Sheikh Zayed Hospital Lahore and National Hospital Lahore as well as medical specialists from UK, USA and Switzerland were unanimous that Nawaz’s treatment is not possible in jail premises.

The Supreme Court earlier this month dismissed Nawaz’s review petition seeking permanent bail on medical grounds and the permission to go abroad for treatment.

The former premier, who has been serving a seven-year prison term at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail since December 24, 2018, was granted a six-week bail on March 26 to get medical treatment. H

However, Nawaz Sharif filed a civil review petition against the order on April 27.

The petition requested the court to allow Nawaz get medical treatment abroad, claiming that the former PM was suffering from acute anxiety and depression that would lead to ‘sudden death’.

It said the medical professionals seeing the former premier in Pakistan recommend that he should be treated by his regular practitioners in the United Kingdom. It also said that there was a difference between the apex court’s March 26 oral order and the written order.

However, a three-judge special bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi, dismissed the petition after a after 86-minute-long hearing.