IHC reserves decision on plea of Nawaz Sharif for suspension of sentence

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday reserved its decision on a petition seeking suspension of the seven-year sentence awarded to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

Mr Sharif has sought suspension of the sentence and subsequent release on bail on medical grounds.

An IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani reserved the judgement after lead defence counsel Khawaja Haris Ahmed and Additional Prosecutor General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Jahanzeb Bharwana concluded their arguments.

Mr Haris contended before the court that successive medical boards had reported that Mr Sharif was suffering from multiple diseases and recommended his further medical examination and investigation.

He said that doctors were not taking any responsibility for Mr Sharif’s treatment and this was the reason that since the middle of January, six different medical boards had been constituted to examine his health condition.

The counsel said it was Mr Sharif’s fundamental right to get medical treatment from doctors and hospital of his choice. He said that the former prime minister was facing problems related to kidney, heart, hypertension and diabetes.

Meanwhile,  the Sharif family appears to be reluctant to give a go ahead for the angiography of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

“The angiography of my father is not a simple matter. There should be a proper backup during the procedure,” Maryam Nawaz told reporters at the Jinnah Hospital on Wednesday. To a question whether the family wanted his angiography abroad, she did not reply.