Islamabad High Court Grants Protective Bail to Nawaz Sharif

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has granted protective bail to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif, effectively preventing authorities from arresting him upon his anticipated return to Pakistan.

The protective bail has been approved until October 24, and this decision follows a petition filed by Nawaz Sharif through his legal representative, Amjad Parvez.

The request was heard before IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, during which the lawyer informed the court that a graft case involving his client is scheduled for a hearing on October 24. Accordingly, he requested the court to grant protective bail to Nawaz Sharif to ensure his legal safety.

Chief Justice Farooq, in his ruling, noted that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had not raised any objections to providing protective bail for the PML-N’s supreme leader. Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan on October 21. Consequently, Chief Justice Farooq approved the protective bail until October 24 and adjourned the hearing to be continued on Monday.

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In a related development, an accountability court in the federal capital earlier suspended the arrest warrants issued for Nawaz Sharif in the Toshakhana case. Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir ordered Sharif to appear before the court by October 24, emphasizing that if he fails to do so, the warrants will be reinstated.

Nawaz Sharif, a three-time former prime minister of Pakistan, had filed a petition seeking an order to protect him from arrest, as he intends to return to Pakistan on October 21 in anticipation of the upcoming general elections.

The suspension of arrest warrants by the accountability court was a result of Nawaz Sharif’s failure to appear before it, despite being summoned.

In a proactive legal move, Nawaz Sharif also filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court, seeking protective bail concerning graft references related to Avenfield and Al-Azizia steel mills. The petition stated his intention to surrender before the court to address the cases registered against him and requested the high court to grant protective bail for his appearance.

Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan comes after a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he performed Umrah alongside his son and held important meetings with top Saudi officials. He is expected to travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this week, from where he will board a chartered flight to return to Pakistan on October 21.

In a highly expected move, Nawaz Sharif’s party has organized a public gathering at Minar-e-Pakistan on October 21, during which he is expected to unveil his policy ahead of the forthcoming general elections in the country. This event holds considerable significance, as it marks his reentry into the political landscape and the potential reshaping of Pakistan’s political dynamics.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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