Former Pakistan PM to return to jail as bail expires

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore on Tuesday following the expiry of his six-week bail in a corruption case in which he has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Sharif, 69, was granted six-week interim bail by the top court on March 26 in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case to undergo medical treatment and he filed the petition on April 27 for permanent bail stating that he was suffering from acute anxiety and depression.

The bail expired on Tuesday as the Supreme court rejected his review petition seeking extension in the bail granted to him on medical grounds. The court also rejected the former premier’s plea to allow him to travel abroad for treatment.

Protesting against the instructions, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah told Pakistan-based Geo News that Sharif’s bail is valid till the midnight of May 7, and questioned why he should have to reach the jail anytime before that. Sharif, three-time prime minister, has been serving a seven-year prison term at the jail since December 24, 2018 when an accountability court convicted him in one of the three corruption cases filed in the wake of the top court’s July 28, 2017 order in Panama Papers case.