Pakistan’s former PM Nawaz Sharif to remain in prison despite ruling

Supporters of Pakistan former prime minister Nawaz Sharif protest after an anti-corruption court in Islamabad convicted him of graft on December 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

Pakistan’s former PM Nawaz Sharif to remain in prison despite ruling

  • Nawaz Sharif and his family have been embroiled in several trials and an array of corruption charges following his ouster
  • Sharif was released on bail four months ago but was again sent to prison when another court convicted him in December

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to remain in prison despite a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that upheld a lower court’s decision that freed him on bail.
Sharif and his family have been embroiled in several trials and an array of corruption charges following his ouster from office in July 2017.
The top court on Monday ruled against the prosecution, which had sought to overturn a verdict from September that suspended Sharif’s 10-year sentence over the purchase of luxury apartments in London.
Following that suspension, Sharif was released on bail four months ago but was again sent to prison when another court convicted him in December and sentenced him to seven years on graft charges.
He is appealing that sentence separately.


Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

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Pakistan, India coronavirus cases, deaths spike

  • Pakistan reports a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths
  • In India, COVID-19 fatalities have passed 6,000 after registering 260 deaths overnight

ISLAMABAD/ NEW DELHI: Pakistan reported a record single-day spike in coronavirus-related deaths with 82 new fatalities and 4,688 cases that it says resulted from increased testing in the past 24 hours.
In India, COVID-19 fatalities have passed 6,000 after registering 260 deaths overnight.
The country registered 9,304 new cases in yet another record single-day spike in infections, raising its totals to 216,919 cases with 6,075 deaths, the India’s health ministry reported Thursday.
Pakistan’s outbreak has grown steadily since the country’s first case in February. Since then, 1,770 people have died and 85,264 have tested positive.
As many as 901 patients were listed in critical condition at hospitals Thursday. The country has barely 3,000 intensive care beds serving a population of 220 million.
Pakistan for the first time conducted over 20,000 tests in the past 24 hours. It has done more than 615,000 tests after increasing its testing capacity from only two labs in February.
The spike comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan eased lockdown restrictions over expert’s recommendations to maintain them to prevent the spread of the virus. Authorities have blamed people not adhering to social distancing regulations for the growing outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Indian health ministry said it was ramping up the testing across the country and has performed 4 million. It said the daily capacity was almost 140,000 tests done through 480 government and 208 private laboratories.
India’s infections have spiked in recent weeks, mostly in its cities. The coastal state of Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected, with 74,860 cases and 2,587 deaths. The state capital is densely crowded Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital.
India is the seventh worst-hit nation by the pandemic.