The Pakistan government declared Nawaz Sharif an absconder in the Toshkhana case and approached the UK government to extradite him. Adviser to the Prime Minster on Accountability and Interior, Shahzad Akbar, said of Sharif in a press conference on Saturday, “the government is treating him as an absconder and has already sent a request to the British government to extradite him.” The adviser went on to add, “his stroll on London roads is a slap in the face of the judiciary and the government cannot allow this. There is nothing personal in it: we are only trying to implement the law and fulfill its requirements.”
Nawaz Sharif recommended to take walks by doctors according to sources
Sharif traveled to UK in November after the Lahore High Court granted him a four-week leave to get medical treatment abroad. Akbar said that Sharif’s four-week bail on medical grounds expired in December last year and went on to allege that the former premier faked his lab reports. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Shahbaz Gill agreed that Sharif was involved in “rigging of medical tests.” According to him an increase in EDTA would enable platelet count to be manipulated, and that “this is precisely what the Sharif family did. It was allowed to take and submit blood samples of Nawaz Sharif and manipulated the samples.”
Sharif who was summoned by the National Accountability Bureau in the Toshkhana case informed the court last month that he was unable to return to the country due to the increased medical risk owing to the coronavirus. Sharif submitted his medical report to the Lahore High Court (LHC) through his counsel and told the court that his doctors advised against going outside during the pandemic as he had low platelet counts, diabetes, heart, kidney and had blood pressure related problems. Maryam Nawaz also said of her father that he was a high-risk patient so his cardiac cauterization/coronary intervention had been postponed.
Sharif reportedly applied to the Punjab government for bail extension on February 19. Speaking of which Akbar said, “a medical board was constituted which sought details of medical procedures being done and test reports of Sharif, but nothing was shared,” adding that the law ministry, NAB and the prison department were informed about the bail expiry and rejection of its extension when the medical board got nothing as evidence document.
Nawaz Sharif walking with son Hussain Nawaz
Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed Sharif’s appeal against being declared a fugitive in the Toshakhana case. Accountability Court Judge Syed Asghar Ali is currently on leave. The process of declaring former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif an absconder will be accompanied by a central case and the hearing will take place on September 9.
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Manallah inquired about the three time premier’s bail and the status of cases against him. The PML-N leader’s counsel told the Chief Justice that his client’s bail was still applicable.
Prime minister Imran Khan was unsatisfied and held a meeting on Monday in which he said that “We will use all options to bring back Nawaz Sharif.” He said that his party will not be blackmailed by the tactics of the opposition and decried how “PML-N played politics on the health issues of Nawaz Sharif.” The prime minister went on to say that the opposition was only trying to get rid of the cases made against its leadership rather than acting in the national interest.
MashaAllah Pakistan’s economy is on the right track. After current account balance posted deficit of $613 mn in July 2019 & a deficit of $100 mn in June 2020, in July 2020 current account balance swung upwards to a surplus of $424 mn.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 24, 2020
Khan took the oppurtunity to highlight the country’s account balance having a surplus of $424 million in July. He expressed the opinion that the economy was “on the right track” leading the government to shift its focus, “we have started receiving positive indicators regarding the economy and now our focus is to shift its advantages to the masses.”