Shafaqna Pakistan:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday granted bail on medical grounds to former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia reference till Tuesday.
The development came shortly after National Accountability Bureau (NAB), in its response to the IHC cited humanitarian grounds and said that it has “no objections to bail being granted”.
The court instructed that two surety bonds worth Rs2 million each be submitted to secure Nawaz’s release.
Nawaz, a day earlier, had also aecures bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.
A plea had been filed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif seeking bail for his brother, Nawaz Sharif, in the Al Azizia case.
The court had earlier on Saturday accepted a request by Shehbaz to hear the bail application today, instead of Tuesday.
Nawaz’s counsel regretted that Nawaz’s health had not been taken seriously for a long time. “He was purposely taken away from jail to NAB. He was already in jail and could have been investigated there.”
He claimed that his “medical treatment was not done and his doctor was kept away”. The counsel demanded a probe into fears expressed by Nawaz’s children of him “being poisoned”.
He thanked the people for their prayers and the media for highlighting the matter which “sprung the government into action out of fear”. He also expressed his gratitude to the court for having issued a “just” verdict.