Much to the dismay of PML-N activists, the top court on Friday turned down former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea for an extension in his six-week bail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case. This happened after much speculation that the PML-N had struck a deal with the powers that be after PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif quit PAC chairpersonship and extended his stay in London.
On Friday, The Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s petition for an extension in the bail permitted to him on medical grounds.
The petition which the former premier had filed as he sought an extension in the bail until a decision on the review petition was heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa.
It is pertinent to mention that former prime minister was granted bail on medical grounds by the apex court on March 26 for six weeks, which is set to expire of May 7. Following which he submitted a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking a permanent bail On April 25.
During today’s hearing, Chief Justice Khosa remarked that the bench “will not talk about anything concerning the future”.
“Doctors can comment better on his illness,” the chief justic observed, adding, “This was part of the package that you can request for a bail extension after six weeks.”
“We will have to see whether we review our order or not,” Justice Khosa added.
According to The Nation, Nawaz, thrice the prime minister of Pakistan, had been in jail since December 2018 following his conviction in Al Azizia corruption reference in line with the Supreme Court’s July 2017 verdict. An accountability court on December 24 had found the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader guilty in the Al Azizia Steel Mills reference and sentenced him to seven years in prison.