Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday filed a review petition at the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Why? Nawaz Sharif wants IHC to forgo and dismiss the requirement for his surrender in Al-Azizia reference.
According to Nawaz, it is not possible for him to surrender in the Al-Azizia reference by September 10 (Tomorrow). Therefore, Nawaz Sharif urged IHC to dismiss the surrender requirement.
Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Haris Ahmed filed the petition. He also submitted the former premier’s new medical reports signed by Dr David Lawrence. HE is a London-based consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, according to Dawn.
‘Tabyat Nasaaz Hai’
In the petition filed today, Nawaz’s lawyer said that the former premier was still unwell.
“The fact of the matter is that [Nawaz] is still suffering from multiple co-morbidities [and] his treatment in London has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
“As a result, [Nawaz] has not been able to regain his health and all the doctors that have treated him in the past, as well as those who have been treating him since his arrival in London, have strongly advised him not to travel to Pakistan without getting his treatment done.”
The petition added the PML-N supremo’s return to Pakistan could be fatal at this time.
IHC wants PML-N supremo to ‘surrender’ on Sept 10
Last week, the IHC had told Nawaz to appear before it. The court had asked him to surrender by September 10 or face legal proceedings for absconding.
The bench had issued the directives during the hearing of appeals filed by Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired captain Mohammad Safdar. The appeals were filed against their convictions in references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The former prime minister, his daughter, and son-in-law were convicted in the Avenfield properties reference on July 6, 2018. meanwhile, Nawaz was also convicted in the Al-Azizia reference on Dec 24, 2018.
Nawaz was serving a seven-year jail term following his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference. However, last year the government allowed him to leave for London on bail for medical reasons. Maryam had claimed last week that the PML-N supremo was anxious to return to Pakistan.
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