Pakistan’s ex-premier ordered to ‘surrender’ to court

A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in London for medical treatment, to “surrender” to the court next week.

The Islamabad High Court’s ruling came during a hearing of the appeals filed by the former premier, his daughter and son-in-law against their convictions in corruption cases.

"We are not declaring Nawaz Sharif an absconder, we are giving him an opportunity to surrender before the court," Geo News, a local broadcaster quoted Justice Amir Farooq, a senior judge of the court, as saying. 

The court scheduled the next hearing for Sept. 10, and asked Sharif to appear before the court in person.

Maryam Nawaz, Sharif's daughter, also appeared before the court during the hearing. 

Speaking to reporters outside the court, she said Sharif would return to the country once his treatment is completed and his health condition is out of danger.

Sharif’s “treatment is under way, it got delayed due to the coronavirus,” she added.