Chaudhry Sugar Mills case: Nawaz Sharif gets bail on medical grounds

The Lahore High Court on Friday granted bail to former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

Nawaz Sharif was granted bail on medical grounds, according to reports.

National Accountability Bureau did not object to the bail plea filed by Nawaz Sharif’s brother during proceedings on Friday. The application for a bail was filed on Thursday.

A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC, headed by Justice Baqar Najafi, heard the petition of PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif seeking the release of his elder brother from the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB on medical grounds in the money laundering case and accepted it.

The three-time premier’s lawyer Ashtar Ausaf told the court that his condition is “extremely serious” and he should be granted bail.

The NAB’s prosecutor did not challenge the defence’s plea, saying since it is a matter of serious health issue of the former premier, it does not oppose his bail.

Sharif has been under treatment at the Services Hospital since Monday night after his condition deteriorated in the NAB’s custody. He is also serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia corruon case.

A 10-member medical board, headed by Services Hospital Principal Ayaz Mahmood, also submitted his report to the court declaring his condition “very serious”.

Dr Ayaz said the board has diagnosed the reason for his declining health.

“It is acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP, a bleeding disorder, in which the immune system destroys platelets. Since Sharif’s platelet counts are constantly reducing, we inject platelets every day but they destruct every day,” he said.

On Thursday evening, Sharif’s platelet count again dropped from 20,000 to 6,000.

“The medical reports of the PML-N supreme leader have been sent to doctors abroad for their opinion,” a party leader said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has also expressed concern over Sharif’s health, saying “political differences notwithstanding, my sincere prayers are with Nawaz Sharif for his health. I have directed all concerned to ensure provision of the best possible health care and medical treatment to him”.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC also took up a petition to release him on medical grounds in Al-Azizia steel mills case in which he was convicted for seven years in December last year and was kept in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail.

A two-member IHC bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar, was informed that Sharif’s condition was not good as his platelets count was not stable.

The court sought complete medical reports of Sharif and adjourned the hearing till October 29.

Sharif was in Kot Lakhpat jail but early this month was sent to the custody of NAB which is probing the Sharif family in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.