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Pak Supreme Court rejects plea against Nawaz Sharif bail

THE ASIAN AGE. | SHAFQAT ALI
Published : Jan 15, 2019, 6:46 am IST
Updated : Jan 15, 2019, 6:46 am IST

The court had also imposed eight million pound fine on Sharif, while a fine of two million pound was imposed on his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)
 Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo: AP)

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against suspension of sentence awarded to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield Reference case.

A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar announced the judgment and maintained the decision of the Islamabad high court of granting bail to Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammed Safdar.

During the case hearing, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar inquired from the NAB prosecutor about the grounds on which a bail could be cancelled. “You have approached the court for bail cancellation. So, what are the reasons?” he said.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa pointing towards the NAB prosecutor said that you have stated that the IHC had keenly examined the substantial evidences in the case.

“Is this the rule of bail cancellation?” he asked, adding that unfortunately the accused person is serving the jail again. “We cannot determine why you have been insisting for bail cancellation,” he added.

“The second accused person in the case is a woman, while the law facilitates bail for women, whereas the third accused person has not been served any notice” he said.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry expressed his views on the dismissal of the appeal, and said that the judgment was correct ‘constitutionally.’

“The cancellation of bail requires extraordinary reasons. The decision has not affected practical situation in anyway. Nawaz Sharif’s political career has ended forever,” he said, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is an influential political party of Pakistan which needed a new leadership.
 
The court had also imposed eight million pound fine on Sharif, while a fine of two million pound was imposed on his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

On July 13, 2018, Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested on their arrival from London to Lahore, and subsequently were taken to the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

However, on September 19, 2018, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended their jail sentences, and ordered their release on bail with an immediate effect. Later, the NAB challenged the IHC’s ruling in the SCP.

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