Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday granted interim bail to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia corruption reference on the medical basis till October 29 (Tuesday).
The IHC bench approved the bail against a surety bond of PKR2 million.
A two-member divisional bench, comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallahand Justice and Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, heard a petition seeking the disposition of sentence earlier handed to supreme leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N by an accountability court.
The court had previously scheduled the hearing on the petition for Tuesday.
In the appeal filed today (Saturday), Shehbaz urged the court to take up the bail plea on the same day owing to Nawaz's "extremely critical condition".
The petition said that the plea, which was heard on Thursday, did not mention that on the night of October 24, Nawaz had suffered an angina attack "as a direct result of the medicine being administered to him to enhance his platelets".
The former Punjab chief minister has also attached the 11-member board’s special medical board’s report in his petition. In his plea, the PML-N president had stated that the hearing should be held today due to the former premier’s deteriorating health condition.
On Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) approved the bail of the former premier on medical grounds in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.