Federal govt to act on Nawaz’s bail extension

From Abid Usman

LAHORE: In the wake of its decision to turn down a request by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for extension in his bail, the Punjab government on Friday wrote to the federal government seeking further action in this regard, reported media.
The provincial government demanded that the PML-N supreme leader surrender himself to complete his prison term.
It stated a government committee rejected the former premier’s plea for bail extension which he filed through his counsel Khawaja Haris on Feb 23.
The letter said the Punjab chief minister formed a committee comprising a number of provincial ministers and officials to decide Nawaz Sharif’s plea. The committee met three times to discuss the matter.
It also added PML-N leader Atta Tarar represented the former premier while his personal physician Dr Adnan Khan was taken on board via video link.
During the committee’s meetings, Nawaz Sharif’s medical reports were sought from his representatives who instead of furnishing fresh reports submitted old ones. They didn’t place on record reports which indicate the former premier was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Citing media reports, the government said, the former prime minister appears to be healthy. The committee on the basis of available record decided that the suspension of his prison term need not be extended and demanded that Sharif return to serve his seve-year prison term in Al-Azizia reference.
An accountability court on Friday extended the judicial remand of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) stalwart, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, till March 13, in assets beyond means. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif was produced before the court of Judge Jawad-ul-Hassan under tight security.
The court had to indict PML-N leader today but due to the absence of duty judge, the Punjab Assembly opposition leader will now be inducted on March 6. The accountability court has summoned PML-N leader to appear before the court on March 6 and extended his judicial remand including six other accused in money laundering case till March 13. The court was then adjourned till March 6.
It must be noted that the NAB had arrested PML-N leader in the assets beyond income case on June 11, 2019, after LHC had turned down his applications for extension in interim bail. The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz in assets beyond means case.
A two-member bench of LHC comprising Justice Syed Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem heard the case.