IHC suspends Nawaz's imprisonment sentence for 8 weeks on medical grounds.


ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday suspended the imprisonment of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for eight weeks in Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference on medical grounds.

The court directed the former prime minister to approach to the provincial government concerned after ending of the above period. The bail had been accepted against the two surety bonds worth Rs2 million each.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani announced the decision on bail petition filed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif.

Earlier, during the course of proceeding, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar appeared before the bench and pleaded that former prime minister trusted the medical facilities being provided to him.

He said the ex-prime minister was under treatment in the hospital where he was being fully looked after by the medical team.

The chief minister also submitted a health report of Nawaz Sharif to the bench on the occasion.

He pleaded that he had made eight visits of jails during the last year and provided relief around to 4,000 prisoners and also paid fines for at least 600.

He further said the government would introduce reforms to uplift the prisons system.

Nawaz Sharif's personal doctor Dr Adnan Khan told the court that the blood platelets of a normal person's were more than 100,000 but former prime minister's platelets were at a very low level.

He said the former prime minister was fighting for his life because when the doctors gave him prescriptions for the low platelets, he got a heart attack. If doctors try to cure one disease another one came up, he told the bench.

Medical Superintendent Services Hospital Dr Saleem said the former premier's condition was still in danger as he was suffering from multiple diseases.

Nawaz's lawyer Khawaja Haris said it was necessary that all medical treatment to former prime minister should be given under a single roof.

He said in accordance of medical report, his heart was not fully pumping blood in his body.

He said Nawaz Sharif did not have any objection against the doctor's intentions but the medical board itself was not satisfied with the results of current treatment.

The lawyer said Nawaz Sharif should be allowed to get treatment from doctors of his choice, adding he could continue serving his sentence once his health condition was improved.

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