Islamabad, March 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday granted bail of six weeks to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for health reasons.
Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year sentence for corruption.
"A three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice granted bail to Nawaz Sharif for six weeks," Supreme Court spokesperson Muhammed Furqan told Efe news.
The spokesperson said that the former Prime Minister had to deposit two bail amounts of 5 million rupees each (total of around $70,000) and will not be allowed to leave Pakistan during the six-week period.
Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Haris said in court that his client was suffering from kidney problems and angina pectoris.
In February, the High Court of Islamabad refused to suspend Sharif's sentence while hearing an appeal or grant him bail on medical grounds.
In December, the three-time Prime Minister was sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of $2.5 million after a ruling that Al-Azizia Steel Mills -- a Saudi Arabian firm carrying the name of Sharif's son -- belonged to the former Prime Minister who could not demonstrate how the project was funded.
In July, a judge of the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's top anti-corruption organization, sentenced Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices in connection with owning luxury properties in an upscale London neighbourhood.
His daughter Maryam was jailed for seven years.
Both were imprisoned, but in September the sentence was suspended by the High Court of Islamabad while an appeal was heard concerning that case.
In July 2017, Pakistan's Supreme Court ousted Sharif as Prime Minister and barred him from public office for life after an investigation spurred by the publication of the Panama Papers found that he failed to disclose payments from a company belonging to his son.
The Panama Papers revealed in April 2016 that three of Sharif's four children had set up offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands through which they owned property in London, leading the top court to order an investigation after a year of protests by the opposition.
By Subhash Narayan
Paris, March 26 (IANS) Chinese telecommunications and consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei on Tuesday launched two industry-first, advanced camera smartphones -- Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.
Huawei P30 Pro is the first smartphone to have a 5x periscope-like optical zoom and four cameras on the back.
The four rear-camera system on P30 Pro has 20MP ultra-wide, 40MP wide-angle, 8MP 5X telephoto and a ToF (time-of-flight) depth-sensing lens.
Huawei P30 has a "SuperSensing" 40MP Leica triple camera setup -- 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide and 40MP wide-angle lens.
Both handsets come with a 32MP selfie camera. Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro will be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC and will run Android Pie with an EMUI 9.1 custom skin on top.
Currently launched for the European and Chinese markets, the devices will come to India in April.
"The latest Huawei P30 series represents a breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development that will rewrite the rules and reshape the perception that consumers have of mobile photography," Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, told the audience at a glittering launch event in Paris.
"Innovations such as the Huawei 'SuperSpectrum Sensor' and 'SuperZoom Lens' allow us to push the envelope of not just photography, but videography as well - a frontier long overdue for disruption," Yu added.
Huawei P30 Pro will come with a 6.47-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) OLED display with curved edges and a "water-drop" notch.
Huawei P30, on the other hand, will have a usual non-curved 6.1 inch display with a waterdrop notch and thin bezels.
Huawei P30 Pro will be packed with a 4200mAh battery. On the other hand, P30 will have a smaller 3,650mAh battery, screen fingerprint reader, will be water and dust resistant and will come in five colours (body).
"The Huawei P30 series will set the pace for the next several generations of smartphones," said Yu.
The company has been looking to provide its customers with phones to rewrite the rules of photography, he said.
The Huawei P30 series is available in Europe with a starting price of 799 euros. The variants of P30 Pro have been priced at 999, 1,099 and 1,249 euros.
The Chinese company also unveiled smartwatches in new colours, wireless charging pads, a 12000mAh power bank and smart eyewear at the event.
(Subhash Narayan is attending the event at the invitation from Huawei. He can be reached at email@example.com)