Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Ordered To Surrender By Islamabad High Court

Sharif has been in London since November last year, undergoing treatment for heart disease.

Sohil Nikam

September 1, 2020

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The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday gave former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a “last chance” to surrender and appear before the court prior to September 10 for the hearing of a corruption case against him. Sharif, 70, has been in London since last year, where he is undergoing treatment for heart disease and an immune system disorder. The court was hearing a plea for exemption from attendance filed by Sharif in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia Steel Mills cases. The three-time Pakistan PM has been sentenced to seven years in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case already.

The Pakistan Government has already declared Sharif an “absconder” and approached the United Kingdom for his extradition. While hearing his case on Tuesday, a special bench of the Islamabad High Court – comprising of Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani – said, “We are not passing the final verdict as of yet. We are giving you [Nawaz] last chance to surrender before the next hearing. Nawaz Sharif should appear before the court in any case.”

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