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Government decides to take legal action against Shehbaz Sharif



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LAHORE:– Pertaining to the matters owing to former prime minister (PM) of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s return, the government of Pakistan has decided to take legal action against President PML-N Shehbaz Sharif.

Last year on Dec 24, in the light of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision, former premier Nawaz Sharif was granted permission to travel to London on the guarantee and appeal of Shehbaz Sharif to the Home Department Punjab to extend him bail period.

According to sources, the court had directed Nawaz Sharif to apply to the Punjab government for further relief under Section 401(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrCP), 1898.

It was declared by the IHC that unless the provincial government decides the matter while taking up the application, and Sharif’s bail would remain intact until it is decided otherwise by the provincial authorities. According to the order of the court, Nawaz Sharif may apply for the extension of bail to the Punjab government.

Earlier on Oct. 29, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the sentence of former premier Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds for eight weeks in the Al-Azizia reference case. The court had ordered him to submit two surety bonds of Rs2 million each to the court for securing his release.

A plea for bail had been filed by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif for his brother Nawaz, who was under treatment at Lahore’s Services Hospital. The court further announced that for an extension in bail, the Punjab government should be approached.

On Oct. 25, Nawaz procured bail on medical grounds in the ongoing Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court. The former premier submitted two surety bonds worth Rs10 million each for his release in the case.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif had filed the bail application for the release of his brother from the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“We applied for bail on the grounds that his health conditions were deteriorating and that he needs better treatment,” his lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, told Reuters after the ruling.

On Nov. 19, Nawaz Sharif arrived in London, three weeks after he was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court in the Al-Azizia case on medical grounds, along with his brother Shahbaz Sharif after the government and courts granted him permission to travel abroad.

Nawaz Sharif and members of his family had also consulted with several doctors, including those who specialise in cardiac issues and immune disorders.

Accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik had last year on Dec 24 convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference but acquitted him in the Flagship Investment case.

Sharif was handed seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia reference with two fines – Rs1.5 billion and $25 million. A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office was also part of the sentence.

Fawad Chaudhry says government will bring Nawaz Sharif back

Meanwhile Federal Minster for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry had said that the Government of Pakistan (GOP) will bring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif back from the UK as the “accused will not return by himself”.

“Talks were being held with the UK authorities for the extradition of the accused,” the minister said.

Ayaz Sadiq indicates Nawaz Sharif s return

During last week, Former Speaker National Assembly (NA) and senior representative of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) Ayaz Sadiq had said that Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan soon.

While addressing a conference in Lahore, Ayaz Sadiq said that the opponents of PML-N are afraid that Shehbaz Sharif might not leave for London.

He went on to say that he has not seen any man more coward than PM Imran Khan in politics. He mentioned that premier s good governance has turned into bad governance while Nawaz Sharif has left all his matters on Allah.

While talking to a press conference in Islamabad, Fawad Chaudhry said that previously PDM Chief Fazlur Rehman had also announced to hold mass rallies against government but all ended in vain.

While referring to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Fawad asked, “Maulana Fazlur Rehman had also announced a march, but what happened?”

“Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari have harmed the country and because of that the incumbent government had to approach the IMF. The Sicilian Mafia was exposed in the Rana Shamim case,” he further added.

On the other hand, talking to a private news channel Fawad Chaudhry said that Shehbaz Sharif had given the assurity of Nawaz’s return. He mentioned that government has decided to take legal aid against Shehbaz Sharif on no indication of Nawaz’s return.

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