IHC adjourns Al-Azizia reference case hearing till May 9 | Pakistan Today

IHC adjourns Al-Azizia reference case hearing till May 9

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing till May 9, on the appeal of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif challenging his imprisonment sentence in Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

The bench also accepted his request seeking exemption from hearing due to health issues.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiani conducted the hearing on Nawaz Sharif’s petition seeking cancellation of sentence awarded by an accountability court.

During the hearing, Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris disclosed that paper book had been received but it was incomplete and mandatory documents were missing.

Khawaja Haris contended that part-I of the record provided to Nawaz Sharif was different from the record provided to the court as well as details of few accounts were also unavailable in the paper book.

Justice Amir Farooq said it was easy to call the relevant branch for details either they had copied the record or not.

The court directed to complete the record in paper book till next hearing which was fixed for May 9.

Earlier on Monday, Nawaz Sharif filed an application before the IHC seeking exemption from personal appearance as a division bench on April 23 is set to resume hearing of the appeal he had filed against his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference.

The application is attached to Nawaz’s updated health status in a medical report.

His legal team contended that due to the ongoing medical treatment, he could not appear before the court, and sought an exemption from personal appearance for a day.

The medical report mentioned that he has been suffering from cardiac issues, irregularity in blood sugar levels, and third-grade kidney disease, and his health is being monitored thoroughly.

In February, Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed as a patient with serious health problems and the specially constituted medical board that examined him recommended he be shifted to a hospital.

The six-member board examined him at the Kot Lakhpat prison after other doctors suggested that he had cardiac problems and needed to be hospitalised.

Later, the Supreme Court granted him six-week bail to undergo medical treatment and he is being examined at the Sharif Medical City hospital.

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik on Dec 24 last year convicted Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven-year imprisonment.

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