The Islamabad supreme court (IHC) on Tuesday gave last chance to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo “to surrender” and appear before the court during subsequent hearing on September 10.
An IHC division bench, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, was hearing the appeals of Nawaz Sharif and relations on Tuesday within the Avenfield reference.
Maryam and her husband, Safdar were also prensent within the court, consistent with a report by Dawn.
The IHC also heard an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against Nawaz’s acquittal within the Flagship reference along side appeals against his conviction within the Al-Azizia reference.
Justice Farooq said the court wasn’t declaring Nawaz an absconder. “We aren’t taking a final judgment so far .”
However, Nawaz’s counsel, Khawaja Haris Ahmed, said the previous PMcould not return to the country thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Do you fear that Nawaz are going to be arrested at the airport?” asked Justice Kayani. “If that’s the case, please inform the court.”
Nawaz’s counsel argued that his client’s bail had been approved after his sentence within the Avenfield reference was suspended. He said Nawaz had also been granted conditional bail within the Al-Azizia reference.
However, the lawyer accepted the ex-PM was currently not abroad on bail.
He added Nawaz’s medical reports were forwarded to the authorities concerned. However, the Punjab government had rejected an application seeking an extension in his bail.
“He has not [challenged the Punjab government order] because he [Nawaz] isn’t within the country.”
The IHC asked whether Nawaz was currently under treatment at a hospital. “No, he’s not under treatment at a hospital. But he will return to the country once his treatment is complete,” replied his lawyer.
The bench asked the lawyer to satisfy the court that Nawaz had not absconded.
“Nawaz may be a fugitive as he’s not appearing before the court,” said the NAB prosecutor.