A Pakistani court has freed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in London for treatment, from his personal appearance in a money laundering case.
Sharif, 70, has been in London since November last year.
The Lahore Accountability Court released Sharif on Monday from the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) face-to-face hearing to the filing of a formal case.
Nawaz Sharif petitioned the court to grant him an exemption because his doctors in London do not allow him to travel.
Mr. Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, was also released from personal appearance.
She has also applied to the Lahore Supreme Court for permission to go abroad to look after her father. This case is pending before the court.
The National Accountability Bureau, along with two others, has accused Nawaz Sharif of money laundering under the guise of selling / buying shares in the sugar mill.
According to Sharif's brother Shahbaz, the former Pakistani prime minister is going to have a heart operation this week. He said Mr. Sharif could not return the country until he got well.
The Imran Khan government has already declared Nawaz Sharif an "Absconder" after refusing to extend his four-week medical bail granted by the court.
The Pakistani government says it is not satisfied with Mr. Sharif's medical reports and should return to the country immediately.
The Lahore Supreme Court bailed Sharif four weeks in October last year for medical reasons, so the Punjab government was able to extend it further in the light of its medical reports.
The Islamabad Supreme Court had also given Sharif a bail to clear his way abroad for medical treatment in the Al Azizia Mills corruption case, in which the former prime minister was serving a seven-year sentence.
According to Nawaz Sharif's doctor, he suffers from a complex coronary artery disease with multiple vessels and a significant ischemic and threatened myocardial disease for which he is due to undergo surgery.
According to a media report, Mr. Sharif's doctor, David Lawrence, said that his heart surgery must wait until "the prevailing uncertainty of Covid-19 has subsided," suggesting that he has been abroad for longer.
According to the doctor, Mr. Sharif "at a high disease burden in his age falls into the category of patients who, when exposed, can develop serious Covid-19 symptoms with adverse effects".
The doctor said Nawaz Sharif was advised to stay "in close proximity" to advanced health care facilities in London.