News Desk: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is considering canceling or suspending the sentence of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that the move was being considered under the legal provisions of the central and provincial governments.
On a private TV channel, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said that both the federal and Punjab governments have the power to cancel or suspend the sentence of an accused person and if he has been convicted “wrongly” in a previous case, give him a chance to stand trial.
He said the provision could be applied to release PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and others. However, he said Nawaz Sharif would decide to return to the country based on his own health condition.
Speaking of treatment, Nawaz went to London in November 2019 and is involuntary exile. In 2016, Nawaz Sharif was ousted. The Supreme Court declared him ineligible for the post of Prime Minister that year.
Then in 2016, Nawaz was convicted in a corruption case and sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, the court later overturned his sentence and he was released two months later. But in the same year, he was again jailed for 7 years in another corruption case.
While in quarantine, he was allowed to travel to London for four months for treatment. However, he did not return.
On his return to the country, Nawaz could be arrested and jailed again. That is why now that Nawaz’s party PML-N has come to power in Pakistan, efforts are being made to find a way for Nawaz Sharif to return to the country without fear of going to jail.