The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to release jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on bail for six weeks to receive medical treatment but said he would not be allowed to leave the country.
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The verdict in two corruption cases against former premier will be announced on Monday in capital Islamabad. If found guilty, the three-time PM could get up to 14 years in jail.
His brother, ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison after the Supreme Court removed him from power.
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Reports said the court suspended the 10-year sentence for Sharif and the seven-year term given to his daughter Maryam Nawaz over corrupt practices linked to his family's ownership of upscale London flats.
Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year.
Members of the new assembly sworn in and plan to elect the speaker and deputy speaker of the house. Imran Khan, former cricket star and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, says it enjoys the backing of 180 lawmakers in the 342-seat assembly.
Several political parties have alleged vote-rigging, and have threatened nationwide protests, unless a new election is called.
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