Nawaz told to surrender, appear in court by Sept 10

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif the opportunity “to surrender” and present himself before the court by September 10.

A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani was hearing appeals filed by NAB against the former prime minister’s acquittal in the Flagship reference as well as appeals against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference.

“We are not declaring Nawaz Sharif an absconder,” said Justice Amir Farooq. “We are giving him an opportunity to surrender before the court.”

The court directed the federal government to present a report on Nawaz’s health and adjourned proceedings of the petition till September 10.

Nawaz’s attorney Khawaja Haris argued before the court that his client’s bail had been approved after his sentence in the Avenfield Apartments reference had been suspended.

He said that the PML-N supremo had been granted conditional bail in the Flagship reference. “Nawaz Sharif’s current status is that he is not out on bail,” said Haris. “This is the legal position that he is out on the basis of seeking medical treatment abroad and not on bail.”

Justice Farooq responded by saying that Nawaz was granted conditional bail for a specific time. Haris replied that Nawaz’s medical reports, which stated that he was ill, were provided to the Punjab government.

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