IHC summons Sharif’s medical reports

During the hearing of Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking the suspension of his sentence in the Al-Azizia corruption reference on medical grounds, Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, informed the court that his client’s family was worried about Sharif’s health. (REUTERS)
Updated 28 January 2019

IHC summons Sharif’s medical reports

  • Sharif seeks suspension of sentence in Al-Azizia case on medical grounds
  • The ex-PM is currently lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail on graft charges

ISLAMABAD: A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Monday, summoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s medical reports.
During the hearing of Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking the suspension of his sentence in the Al-Azizia corruption reference on medical grounds, Sharif’s counsel, Khawaja Harris, informed the court that his client’s family was worried about Sharif’s health. 
Harris appealed to the court to summon the reports of the medical board, complaining that test reports of the former prime minister had not been provided.
The plea, in which the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the accountability court and the superintendent of Kot Lakhpat jail are respondents, was filed in the IHC on Saturday.
Sharif, in his petition, pleaded the court to grant him bail on medical grounds. “The sentence in Al-Azizia reference should be suspended and Sharif should be granted bail on medical grounds against surety bond,” the petition read. A medical report dated January 17 was also submitted alongside.
The three-time prime minister is currently lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail on graft charges. 
On Januar 22, he was rushed to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by jail authorities where he was examined by a team of doctors.
“Mian Nawaz Sharif was brought to the hospital by jail authorities. He was examined by a team of doctors and the reports have been handed over to officials,” Dr. Ameer Qureshi, Medical Superintendent, PIC, told Arab News.
Sharif has already challenged the Accountability Court-II decision in the IHC, on the grounds that the accountability court’s verdict was based on incorrect interpretation of law, and that the judge had “betrayed his predisposition and exceeded his position as a trial judge” during the case hearing. 
The court has been adjourned until February 18.


Pakistan condemns deadly attack at education center in Kabul

Updated 24 October 2020

Pakistan condemns deadly attack at education center in Kabul

  • Daesh reportedly claim responsibility for attack on educational center in western Kabul
  • Uptick in deadly violence has been observed in Afghanistan despite ongoing intra-Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the suicide attack that killed at least 18 people at an educational center in the Afghan capital on Saturday.

The attack happened late afternoon at the center which offers higher education training in a western district of Kabul. At least 57 people were injured in the attack, the interior ministry said. According to media reports, Daesh claimed responsibility for the assault in a post on Telegram.

"Pakistan condemns in the strongest possible terms the inhuman terrorist attack outside an educational center in Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul," Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement.

"Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and will continue to support a peaceful and stable Afghanistan."

The suicide attack came hours after a roadside bomb killed nine civilians east of Kabul. Officials blamed the Taliban for the roadside attack.

An uptick in deadly violence has been observed in Afghanistan despite ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to yield a lasting peace and end decades of conflict in the war-torn country.

The Taliban have been accused of increasing violence to wield leverage in the negotiations.

On Friday, rights group Amnesty International said at least 50 people had been killed in attacks in the preceding week, accusing the Taliban and Kabul of failing to protect civilians.