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Nawaz never refused medical treatment nor sought to travel abroad: Abbasi

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Tuesday that it was on record that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz.He made the comment while speaking to the media after the Supreme Court suspended Nawaz’s sentence on medical grounds for six weeks.

Nawaz, who is currently imprisoned at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, was awarded a seven-year imprisonment sentence by an accountability court in the Al Azizia/ Hill Metal Establishment corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau in light of the top court’s Panamagate judgment.An apex court bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Azmat Saeed Khosa heard an appeal submitted by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris, seeking suspension of sentence for eight weeks on medical grounds.The bench granted a six-week suspension and allowed Nawaz to receive treatment from his personal physician but restricted him from travelling abroad.Dismissing reports that Nawaz had refused treatment in jail, Abbasi said the top court had acknowledged that the three-time premier neither refused treatment nor asked to be treated in London.

It is on record now that Nawaz never refused medical treatment nor did he seek to travel abroad. The SC observed that the doctors failed to concur on how and where Nawaz should be treated.”SC suspends Nawazs prison sentence on medical groundsHe blamed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for creating a false perception that Nawaz had refused to be treated locally and wanted to travel abroad. “Nawaz was given relief by the top court.We are confident his appeal against the verdict will also be accepted.”He critcised the federal ministers for playing politics on a matter concerning a person’s health.

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Nawaz has option of plea bargain: Fawad

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Sunday said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif might leave the country after entering into a plea-bargain with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.
He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.

He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests.On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.

The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered.He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter.Fawad said, It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen. Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.

Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September. He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons.
Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained.He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

Addressing a press conference along with Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasim Rashid here at the Press Information Department (PID), he said the accountability process against Nawaz Sharif would not stop on the pretext of his bad health, adding that Nawaz Sharif would have to return every penny of the masses only then he could be allowed to leave the country.He said the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were doing politics on the health of Nawaz Sharif and trying to halt the ongoing accountability process.He said Nawaz Sharif would have to bear the brunt of his deeds and he would be held accountable for them, adding that all the cases against Nawaz Sharif were instituted during the past regimes.

Rejecting media reports that Nawaz Sharif was not being provided best medical treatment, he said extraordinary medical facilities are being provided to Nawaz Sharif to treat his cardiac, kidney and diabetes ailments but he had refused to avail himself of the treatment within Pakistan.He said, recently, Punjab Chief Minister’s spokesman Dr Shahbaz Gill alongside senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami met Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat Jail to offer him the medical treatment of his choice within Pakistan but he declined.The minister said, despite Nawaz Shairf’s refusal to get treatment in the country, he said the Punjab government had established a mini-cardiac unit at the Kot Lakhpat Jail with three cardiologists and three technicians available round the clock, but Nawaz Sharif had not allowed them any access.He said, as a matter of fact, Nawaz Sharif did not want to be treated in the country as he did not have faith in the health facilities being provided in the country which he and his brother Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif built over three decades.

The minister recalled the past incident when Imran Khan fell off a staircase during the general elections campaign in 2013 and said it was only Prime Minister Imran Khan who refused to go abroad for treatment and preferred to be treated at Shaukat Khan Memorial Hospital (SKMH), although an air ambulance had been arranged for shifting him abroad for treatment.He said, similarly, Imran Khan’s late father also got all treatment from Pakistan instead of going abroad.
He said this was the spirit what differentiated between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N leadership.Fawad Chaudhry said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family are insisting that he be sent to the hospital in London where the former premier received treatment before.Fawad alleged that the complications that have come up in Nawaz’ health are because of doctors in London.The information minister presented a review of the various developments in the former premier’s health over the past few months.Fawad Chaudhry said that certain tests including a thallium scan were done after which a doctor recommended that Nawaz be shifted to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for further tests. On January 22, Sharif was shifted to PIC where he underwent tests.

Following this at 3 30pm on the same day the former premier went back to jail.The information minister added that on Jan 25 the Punjab Home Department constituted a six-member board including doctors from Lahore and Rawalpindi cardiology hospitals while Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) personnel had also been nominated.On Jan 30, this board met Nawaz in jail and advised that the former premier be shifted to a hospital due to previous ailments he had suffered. He added that in 2001-02 Nawaz underwent an angioplasty and in 2016 he had a bypass surgery.Meanwhile in an interview with a private TV channel, Fawad Chaudhry said that no formal negotiations have been held with the United States regarding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui and no substantive progress has been made regarding this matter. Fawad said, “It is our desire that Dr Aafia should be handed over to Pakistan and she should complete the remaining term in Pakistan which is her right being the Pakistani citizen.Fawad said that Pakistan has signed extradition treaty with Britain but has no such agreement with the United States adding that this depends on the US policy.Fawad Chaudhry said that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting is going to be held in June adding, “We will fulfill most of the conditions of FATF and will come out from the gray list in September.” He said that the meeting of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Nawaz Sharif was meeting between the two disappointed persons. Fawad said that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari have contested their last elections, however, Bilawal’s politics will continue.Replying a question Fawad said that the investigations into the suicide of Brigadier (R) Asad Munir should be held so that the causes of suicide could be ascertained. He said that the postmortem of Asad Munir’s body should have been conducted and application of Asad Munir’s family for not conducting the postmortem should have been rejected.

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PSL Highlights 2019 Match 12: Quetta Gladiators Vs Lahore Qalandars: QG beat beat LQ by three wickets

SHARJAH: It could not have been a better sight than Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed sealing the fate of a HBL PSL match, sending the last ball of the match over deep mid-wicket boundary to give Quetta Gladiators a three wicket win against Lahore.
Quetta, chasing 144 to win, needed three off the last ball from David Wiese and Sarfraz completed the task for Quetta’s fourth win in as many games to keep them on top of the six-team HBL PSL table.With that six Sarfraz finished with 52 not out off 36 balls with a six and four boundaries.Lahore Qalandars found the going tough against an accurate Quetta bowling, riding on a laborious 40-ball 45 not out which were, uncharacteristically, without a six and had only two boundaries to post a modest 143-7 in their 20 overs after sent into bat.
Quetta have now chased down targets successfully in all four matches, winning by six, seven, eight wickets in the previous matches.Quetta were in a spot of bother when they lost in-form Shane Watson off a third-ball duck and then the other two successful batsmen Rilee Rossouw (17) and Umar Akaml (nine departed soon to leave Quetta in a difficult situation at 3-53.
Ahsan Ali, who scored 29-ball 40 with two sixes and as many boundaries, fell to Sandeep Lamichanne and Dwayne Smith was run out for two, but the wily campaigner Sarfraz kept his nerves.Sarfraz and Mohammad Nawaz (18-ball 19 with a six) took Quetta to within nine runs of victory.Quetta needed seven off the last over which started with Wiese bowling Anwar Ali with a yorker.Sarfraz still knew a big hit could help Quetta cross the line and that he ultimately did, making Wiese — who hit a last ball six in Lahore’s win over Multan Sultans on Friday  a villain from a hero.
Quetta kept their top position with the win. Peshawar Zalmi (tw0 wins and two losses in four matches) are second, Islamabad United are third (two wins and two losses but ineferior net run-rate), Lahore are fourth (three losses, two wins in five), Multan are fifth (two points from four) while Karachi Kings are sixth (two losses and one win from three matches).Sarfraz praised opposition’s bowling.”When you chase you need to keep wickets in hand, but today we lost wickets regularly because Lahore bowled well.
In the end it was my day and I hit the needed runs,” said Sarfraz.Lahore’s skipper Fakhar Zaman — leading the side after De Villiers hurt his back and couldn’t take the field — admitted his team was short on runs.”We couldn’t get a big total and that hurt us badly,” said Fakhar.Lahore’s batting was kept under tight check by Quetta.It was young Mudassar who was impressive with 3-21. He did not allow the great De Villiers to hit at his usual best.
Mudassar kept following the great master as and when he moved in the crease, allowing him a leg bey and two singles in the 18th and just seven in the final over.Left-arm spinner Nawaz (1-35) removed Fakhar (three) in the second over.But Fakhar’s partner, Sohail Akhtar looked threatening as he smashed three sixes and a boundary in his 21-ball 29 but Mudassar got him caught behind to check the flow of runs.Corey Anderson, playing his first game this year, hit a six in his 18-ball 19 before David Wiese (16-ball 20 with a six) helped De Villiers add 40 for the fifth wicket.
But Lahore did not manage to hit high and wide in final overs as just 28 in the final five overs.That was because Quetta unleashed tight bowling, with Sohail Tanvir also chipping in with 2-21 in his four overs.None of the Quetta bowlers went over seven per over, with leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed the most expensive, returning with figures of 0-31.Karachi Kings meet title holders Islamabad United later Saturday.Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by three wickets in HBL PSLBrief Scores:Lahore Qalandars 143-7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 45 not out; Ghulam Mudassar 3-21, Sohail Tanvir 2-21)Quetta Gladiators 148-7 in 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 52 not out; Haris Rauf 2-25)

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Tareen tops list of lawmakers paying taxes in 2017

ISLAMABAD: The top ten parliamentarians in terms of their tax contributions paid Rs322 million in taxes, equal to 60% of total taxes paid by all members of the parliament in tax year 2017, raising questions whether lawmakers were fulfilling their moral,
Former member of National Assembly (MNA) Jahangir Khan Tareen paid Rs97.3 million in income tax, which was the highest paid by any national lawmaker in 2017, according to a tax directory for the year released by the government on Friday.Tareen’s tax contribution was equal to 18.2 per cent of the total taxes paid by 423 members of parliament. His numbers also showed an 81 per cent increase in his tax contribution from the previous year, when he was also the country’s highest tax contributor.
Imran reiterates resolve to hold everyone accountableSkewed numbersExcluding these ten members, the average tax contributions by the remaining 413 members of the National Assembly and the Senate paid Rs212 million in taxes – an average of Rs513,000 per parliamentarian.Such a poor tax contribution does not commensurate with the life styles of these worthy members of the Parliament, a fact that was acknowledged by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday.
True VIPs are those who pay taxes, says PM ImranBy including the tax contributions of top ten parliamentarians, the average per parliamentarian tax contribution would jump to Rs1.26 million, which does not present realistic picture.
Crests and troughsThe tax contributions by former premier Nawaz Sharif and incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan also nosedived in tax year 2017, which was the fiscal year 2016-17. Few weeks after the end of that fiscal year, Nawaz was removed by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
Presumably, his tax returns were filed after he was ousted from power. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid just Rs 263,173 in taxes in 2017, as against Rs 2.52 million paid in the preceding  year.Meanwhile, PM Imran was a member of National Assembly from a Rawalpindi constituency at that time.
He paid a paltry sum of Rs 103,763 in income tax, which was less than by 35% or Rs 55,0000.Overall, there was an upward trend in tax contributions by members of parliament.
The fifth tax directory of parliamentarians showed that national lawmakers, including members of the federal cabinet, paid Rs535 million in taxes during tax year 2017 – up by Rs139 million or 35 per cent The tax contributions by the members of the Senate increased to Rs254 million – up by 14 per cent. MNAs paid over Rs281 million during tax year 2016, an increase of 26 per cent.But a significant number of parliamentarians were still paying far below their potential, showed the tax directory. Many of them paid Rs138,573 annual tax, which suggested that they paid taxes only on the income that the earned as member of the National Assembly or the Senate.
The tax directories for fiscal year 2016-17 that ended in June 2017 were released by Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar. Tax year 2017 was the fourth year of the PML-N term but the directories were released after a lag of over one year.The numbers of total taxpayers increased by over 34 per cent in tax year 2017, said Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Jehanzeb Khan while speaking at the launch ceremony.Overall, out of a total 1,169 members of the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies, as many as 98 legislators did not file their tax returns.
Under the law, filing the income tax return is binding on every citizen who earns more than Rs400,000 per annum and non-filer parliamentarians may face serious consequence, provided FBR plays its due role.Six senators and 17 MNAs did not file their annual income tax returns.Top taxpayers in parliamentSenator Rozi Khan Kakar paid Rs40.9 million in income tax, which was lower by Rs9 million over the preceding year.
Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi paid Rs29.4 million, which was less than his previous contribution of Rs35.3 million. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood paid Rs43.2 million, which was higher by 33%. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan paid Rs25.9 million, showing an increase of 86.3%.Senator Ishaq Dar paid Rs9.4 million and Senator Farogh Naseem paid Rs27.9 million in income tax, which was higher by 37.5%.Senator Farooq H Naek paid Rs11 million in income tax.Among the members of the National Assembly, MNA Sheikh Fayyaz uddin paid Rs14 million in income tax, MNA Isphanyar Bhandara paid Rs22.95 million income tax.Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid Rs10.3 million in income tax, which was higher by nearly 9%.Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who owns a controlling stake in Air Blue, paid Rs3.1 million in income tax, higher than the previous year. Finance Minister Asad Umar paid Rs4.85 million in income tax in 2017. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8.3 million income tax.Senator Rubina Khalid paid only Rs44,485 income tax, Senator Saleem Zia just Rs173,362.Former MNA Haji Ghulam Bilour paid Rs138,573 income tax, former Chief Minister KP, and MNA Amir Haider Hoti paid Rs168,586 in income tax. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad paid just Rs702,698 income tax.

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Nawaz wants either to be sent to prison or UK: PM

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families.
He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad. “I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too.In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different. We will hold each and everyone accountable.
The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital. He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative.He distributed health cards among families.Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago.
He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free. It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era. Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament.
Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds.But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings.Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families. He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad.”I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too. In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different.
“We will hold each and everyone accountable.”The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital.He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative. He distributed health cards among families.
Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago. He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free.
It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era.Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament. Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.
He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds. “But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.
”He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings. Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.

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IHC to hear appeals against Al-Azizia case verdict today

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will be taking up appeals filed against accountability court’s verdict in the Al Azizia corruption reference.The verdict had convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif and sentenced him to seven-year imprisonment.
The Al Azizia corruption reference was filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in light of the Supreme Courts verdict in Panamagate case.A division bench bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, will hear petitions filed by Nawazs counsel challenging the verdict and seeking bail on medical grounds.The bench will also hear appeal filed by the anti-graft watchdog against Nawaz’s acquittal in the Flagship reference and another petition seeking increase in penalty and sentence for the deposed prime minister in the Al-Azizia referenceThe IHC has issued notices to both Nawaz and NAB.In the hearing today, Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Nawaz will continue his arguments for a bail on medical grounds.Meanwhile, the high court has demanded of NAB to present the case record of Al-Azizia and Flagship references.th, 2019.

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Chohan says Nawaz wants to sneak out to London

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hasan Chohan said former premier Nawaz Sharif wants to sneak out to London.
Talking to media Monday while visiting his constituency, he said the report of 4th medical board, constituted for medical examination of Nawaz has declared him physically stable.However, he and his cronies are trying to flee the country on pretext of medical grounds. As Sharif family does not have courage to face its corruption cases so it wants a deal but the PTI government would not compromise on its principles, he added.He said Nawaz looted national wealth worth billions of rupees and the PTI government is trying to recover the plundered money with all possible means in the larger interest ofthe country. He said Usman Buzdar as chief minister of the province, is running the administrative affairs fairly.
The minister rejected the impression of any deal in the garb of NRO to Nawaz and declared in clear-cut words that the fate of corrupt politicians would be decided under the law of land. Talking to media Monday while visiting his constituency, he said the report of 4th medical board, constituted for medical examination of Nawaz has declared him physically stable.However, he and his cronies are trying to flee the country on pretext of medical grounds. As Sharif family does not have courage to face its corruption cases so it wants a deal but the PTI government would not compromise on its principles, he added.He said Nawaz looted national wealth worth billions of rupees and the PTI government is trying to recover the plundered money with all possible means in the larger interest ofthe country. He said Usman Buzdar as chief minister of the province, is running the administrative affairs fairly.

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NAB pleads IHC to reject Nawaz Sharif’s bail plea

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has submitted its reply over bail plea filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ARY News reported on Tuesday.
A two member bench of the IHC including Justice Aamir Farooq and Mohsin Akhtar will take up the two bail pleas of erstwhile prime minister today, seeking bail on the medical grounds.A 18-page response submitted by the accountability watchdog pleads the court to dispose-off Nawaz Sharif’s bail.“The NAB opposes granting bail to PML-N supremo as two pleas were under hearing against him”, the answer read.
The NAB has requested the IHC to impose fine on Nawaz by disposing off his bail plea.Earlier on February 9, the Islamabad High Court had issued a written order of the hearing of the bail plea filed by deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds.The written order was signed by Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiani of the high court.The court had allowed to make the report of the jail superintendent of Kot Lakhpat part of the record.
The order stated that a copy of Nawaz’s medical report had been provided to the deposed PM’s counsel and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).“A representative of Kot Lakhpat Jail said various medical boards were constituted on the recommendation of the Home Department, Government of Punjab,” the order read.

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