Pak SC rejects Nawaz Sherif plea for permanent bail

Pakistan Supreme Court has dismissed a petition of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for permanent bail on medical grounds, saying there was no immediate threat to his life. Nawaz Sharif, 69, was granted a six-week interim bail by the court for medical treatment in March. Last month, he filed the petition for permanent bail, stating that he was suffering from anxiety and depression that may have led to "sudden death".

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa also rejected the premier's plea to allow him to travel abroad for treatment. Nawaz had been granted bail on medical grounds by the apex court on March 26 for six weeks. On April 25, he had submitted a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking a permanent bail.