Former Pak PM Nawaz Sharif declared ‘absconder’ for violating bail terms
The Imran Khan government decided not to extend the bail of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and declared him an “absconder” for violating the bail requirements.
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been declared an "absconder" by the Imran Khan government for violating the bail requirements by not presenting his medical report from his doctors in London.
Sharif, 70, left for London in November for treatment after the Lahore High Court allowed him to go abroad on medical grounds for four weeks.
According to Sharif's physician, the three-time Prime Minister is suffering from complex multi-vessel coronary artery disease and substantial ischemic and threatened myocardium for which he is due to undergo surgery.
The government also decided to freeze gas and electricity tariffs for the next four months, Dawn newspaper reported.
The decisions were taken at a meeting of the federal Cabinet presided over by the Pakistan Prime Minister.
"After Nawaz Sharif failed to submit his medical report of any hospital in London, the medical board rejected a medical certificate sent by him and (the government) declared him an absconder," Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said at a post-Cabinet meeting press conference.
"From today Nawaz Sharif is an absconder according to the law of land and if he does not return to the country he will be declared a proclaimed offender,” Awan said.
The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) supremo was convicted and disqualified in corruption cases. The Islamabd High Court granted him bail for eight weeks on medical grounds on October 29 last year.
He left the country for London on Nov 19, 2019 for medical treatment there. His younger brother and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif accompanied him and is in London too.
Shehbaz Sharif said the decision was "political revenge".