SC adjourns Sharif's plea for bail on medical grounds

SC adjourns Sharif's plea for bail on medical grounds
In this file photo, Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, center, arrives at his office in central London on July 6, 2018. (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP)
Updated 19 March 2019

SC adjourns Sharif's plea for bail on medical grounds

SC adjourns Sharif's plea for bail on medical grounds
  • Former premier is serving a seven-year sentence on graft charges
  • Counsel argues that his health condition is getting worse in jail

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s request for bail on medical grounds after his counsel had filed a petition seeking special treatment for him.

Last month, the Islamabad High Court had also rejected the three-time premier’s request for bail. 

Sharif is currently serving a seven-year sentence on graft charges in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.

On December 24, 2018, he was sentenced to seven years in prison by an accountability court in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case for failing to provide proof of the financial sources through which he had acquired a steel factory abroad.

Sharif’s counsel had filed the appeal for bail on March 1 on the grounds that he needs special treatment.

According to Sharif's family and doctors, continuous incarceration could be detrimental to his health.

Sharif had been moved to hospitals in recent weeks but was unhappy with the treatment at those facilities and had chosen to return to jail.

He has also repeatedly rejected the government’s offer for treatment at a hospital of his choice.