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Pakistani court grants bail to ailing former PM Nawaz Sharif

A top Pakistani court today granted bail to jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with an acute immune disorder which reduced his blood platelet count to dangerous levels.

The 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo was rushed to the Services Hospital in Lahore from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) office late on Monday night after a massive drop in his platelet count.

According to the short order, Sharif will have to submit two surety bonds worth ten million rupees each for his release in the case.

However, Sharif will not be released immediately as the Islamabad High Court adjourned the hearing of his bail plea in a separate Al-Azizia steel mills case until Tuesday. He is also serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia corruption case.