A Pakistan court on Tuesday issued a non bailable warrant against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he had not appeared in an appellate hearing to be convicted in a corruption case. A two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court is hearing Sharif's appeal in the Al-Azizia Steel Mill corruption case. Sharif has been undergoing treatment in London since November last year. The Lahore High Court had allowed him to go abroad for four weeks for treatment.
Sharif's lawyer Khwaja Haris Ahmed filed a review petition in the Islamabad High Court last week, stating that due to poor health, his clients were unable to return home from London and surrender in the corruption case. He has also submitted a medical file in this case signed by London heart surgeon David Lawrence.
The court had warned Sharif to appear by September 15 and he could not follow this order, so the court issued a non-bailable warrant and adjourned the hearing till September 22.
Significantly, in May, a picture of Sharif went viral on social media in which he was seen drinking tea with his family in a cafe in London. After this, the debate in the country on his health was intensified.
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