Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's lawyer on Saturday filed a petition in the high court in Islamabad for suspension of his sentence and seeking bail on medical grounds for the incarcerated PML-N leader.
Nawaz Sharif has been incarcerated in the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore after he was sentenced to seven years in jail by an accountability court in the Al-Azizia steel mills case on December 24.
Nawaz Sharif''s counsel Khawaja Haris filed the petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), where petitions for suspension of sentence and appeal against conviction have been already filed.
The court had set a hearing for February 18 to hear the earlier petition and appeal, but Nawaz Sharif''s legal team wanted to persuade the court for early hearing.
Nawaz Sharif is a heart patient and his health has deteriorated as he needs urgent medical attention in a hospital, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz.
A panel of experts appointed by the government to examine the former premier also recommended that he should be given proper medical attention.
Nawaz Sharif was tried in three corruption case launched in September, 2017. He was first convicted and sentenced for 10 years in July last year in a case related to Avenfield properties in London. The IHC granted him bail in the case in September.
He was convicted in the Al-Azizia case but was acquitted in Flagship investment case in December.
The cases were launched on the orders of the Supreme Court which had ousted Nawaz Sharif as premier in July, 2017.