Cabinet decides not to file appeal in case of Nawaz Sharif till final LHC decision: Dr Farogh

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APP34-19 ISLAMABAD: November 19 - Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Federal Minister of Law and Justice Mohammad Farogh Naseem addressing a press conference at PID Media Center. APP photo by Saleem Rana

ISLAMABAD, Nov 19 (APP):Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem Tuesday said the federal cabinet took a unanimous decision to not file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the interim order of the Lahore High Court (LHC) giving one time permission to Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad on health grounds.

Talking to media persons here along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan to share decisions of the federal cabinet meeting held here, he said the government’s right to appeal was intact and it would use its right after Lahore Hight Court would hear the merits of the case of Nawaz Sharif in January and gives its final verdict.

The reason for not filing the appeal was that Supreme Court almost never heard appeals on interim orders of the high courts, he explained.

He said the cabinet had earlier unanimously decided to give one time permission to Nawaz Sharif on the condition that he would furnish an indemnity bond of Rs seven billion.

The LHC, however, suspended the decision of the federal cabinet as far as condition of indemnity bond was concerned but it kept the government’s time limit of four weeks given to Nawaz Sharif for his treatment abroad.

“We tried to take the indemnity bond from the Sharif family. However, Shehbaz Sharif refused to give the indemnity bond.”

He said there were court decisions about the indemnity bonds and giving permission to a convict to go abroad in light of the recommendations of doctors.

The minister said the issue of Nawaz Sharif should not be politicised as it was not a personal matter for him or Prime Minister Imran Khan and the agenda was across the board accountability and creation of a corruption free society.

He said details of the case of Nawaz Sharif would be brought to the notice of the government of United Kingdom, adding Pakistan’s High Commission in London would seek periodical reports from the doctors of Nawaz Sharif on his health.

If Nawaz Sharif would not return, then Shehbaz Sharif would face contempt of court proceedings, he observed.

He said Nawaz Sharif had a serious health issue and so he was allowed to go abroad. He prayed for early recovery of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari.

He told that the government had started work on reforms in the criminal justice system. Latest technology and forensics would be introduced to curb crime, he added.

Dr Farogh said provinces were preparing lists of prisoners above the age of 65 years to consider different options to provide relief regarding their sentences.