IHC empowers Punjab to take decision on suspension of Nawaz’s sentence

The Islamabad High Court issued on Wednesday a detailed order on the petition for release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, empowering the Punjab government to take a decision on suspension of his sentence on its own while keeping in view his medical condition.  — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued on Wednesday a detailed order on the petition for release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, empowering the Punjab government to take a decision on suspension of his sentence on its own while keeping in view his medical condition.

An IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had on Oct 29 through a short order granted bail to ailing Nawaz Sharif for eight weeks by suspending his sentence but enabling him to get the bail extended in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and jail manual.

In the detailed judgement, the court said: “In case the health of petitioner No. 2 [Nawaz Sharif] does not improve and he needs further medical attention, the Government of Punjab may, on its own, decide the issue regarding suspension of the sentence. Even otherwise, petitioner No. 2 may approach the Government of Punjab under Section 401(2) CrPC. In case of non-exercise of duty by the Government of Punjab or misuse of the discretion or exercise of the same in an arbitrary and whimsical manner, the matter can be agitated before the Court of law for appropriate remedy.”

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