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SC dismisses Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking bail extension

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday has rejected ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea seeking an extension in his six-week bail which will expire on 7th May, in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case.

The bail was granted on March 26 on medical grounds, with the apex court ordering Sharif to surrender before the court after expiry of bail.

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A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard the plea that was filed by Sharif’s lawyer.

In its short order, the court also rejected a related plea seeking permission for Nawaz’s treatment in the United Kingdom.

During today’s hearing, the chief justice remarked that the six-week bail was granted on the basis of a report from a medical board which had recommended angiography.

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With the latest plea for permission to go abroad, the counsel had exceeded from the scope of the initial petition, said Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

During the hearing, Nawaz Sharif’s counsel Khawaja Haris informed the court about the health condition of his client but was failed to convince the bench to get an extension.

Khawaja Haris further argued that Sharif should be allowed to go abroad since Cardiac MRI of his client was not possible in Pakistan.

The chief justice said the court had granted six-week bail for the treatment, not for medical tests.

When the court asked the lawyer to explain the point which was made in the application about seeking treatment abroad, the counsel said it was based on a report by Sharif Medical City Hospital.

Saman Siddiqui

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