LHC gives split ruling on Shehbaz Sharif’s bail plea

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Shahbaz Sharif, brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), addresses a press conference after his brother's sentencing, in Lahore on July 6, 2018. Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad on July 6, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections. / AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI

LAHORE: Judges of Lahore High Court (LHC) bench finally came up with a split decision on Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif’s release on bail.
Justice Sarfraz Dogar, who headed the bench, allowed the petition while its other member Justice Asjad Javed Ghural dismissed the same on merits. In his dissenting order, Justice Ghural also accused the senior judge of issuing the bail granting short order ‘unilaterally’.
In a written order, Justice Sarfraz Dogar wrote that now the judgment is being sent to the Chief Justice. The referee judge will be appointed. We had approved the bail after consultation but Justice Asjad said that he would write a dissenting note.
Justice Sarfraz wrote that Shehbaz Sharif was arrested in the Ashiana case, why he was not arrested in the assets case, it is beyond comprehension why the NAB postponed the inquiry, not a single transaction in younger Sharif’s account was detected. However, the NAB accepted that TTIs were sent in the name of Sharif as co-accused. When there is no concrete evidence, how one can be declared criminal, the judge said in his note.

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