SC to take up Nawaz’s bail plea next week


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) will hear next week an application filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking an immediate bail on medical grounds.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday ordered that the incarcerated Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s leader’s plea be fixed for hearing sometime next week. Nawaz Sharif had twice submitted requests to the top court for an early hearing of his application.

The petition will be heard by a three-judge bench of the apex court.

Nawaz Sharif had earlier this approached the SC for a second time seeking an early hearing of his petition against the February 25 order of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), which had dismissed his bail petition on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia corruption case.

The former prime minister’s counsel had filed the petition a week after the top court’s registrar office had rejected the initial plea for early hearing of his appeal.