Earlier this month, the Lahore Excessive Court docket had granted the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief permission to journey overseas as soon as for medical remedy
File picture of Shehbaz Sharif. AP
Islamabad: The Pakistan authorities led by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday added the identify of opposition chief Shehbaz Sharif, who has been charged with corruption, to the no-fly checklist, barring him from leaving the nation for medical remedy.
Earlier this month, the Lahore Excessive Court docket granted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz, additionally the youthful brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, permission to journey overseas as soon as for medical remedy.
After receiving bail, Shehbaz, 69, was about to fly to London on 8 Could when an Federal Investigation Company (FIA) staff on the airport stopped him from travelling on the grounds that his identify had been on the provisional nationwide identification checklist (PNIL) , which impose a short lived bar on somebody to depart the nation. Shehbaz was offloaded from Doha-bound flight on 8 Could.
Addressing a press convention right here on Monday, inside minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated Shehbaz’s identify was added to the exit management checklist (ECL) after approval from the federal cupboard. A particular committee of the inside ministry on 12 Could had proposed to the cupboard that Shehbaz must be barred from leaving the nation attributable to corruption instances towards him.
Shehbaz wished to go to London for a medical checkup after he was bailed out of jail final month. The inside minister stated Shehbaz had not submitted any medical paperwork for touring overseas or specified the remedy for his sickness.
Final week, Shehbaz had challenged the position of his identify on a journey blacklist and sought one-time permission to go overseas for medical remedy.
“I’ve been a most cancers affected person and received handled in New York and London. I couldn’t get remedy for greater than seven months as I used to be in jail,” the highest PML-N chief stated, including in gentle of the medical take a look at report performed in jail, there was a necessity for quick remedy.
Inside minister Ahmed stated Shehbaz “was the guarantor for his brother Nawaz. However as a substitute of bringing him again, he was making an attempt to flee”.
“If Nawaz Sharif didn’t return then why ought to Shehbaz return? It is a matter of widespread sense,” he stated in reply to a query. Sharif has been in London since November 2019 on “medical grounds”.
The Imran Khan authorities has declared Sharif an absconder and canceled his passport. Sharif left the nation after the court docket granted him bail within the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case during which he was present process seven years imprisonment in Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore. He was additionally granted four-week bail on medical grounds to have his remedy overseas. The federal government declared him an absconder after he didn’t justify prolonging his keep in London.
Info minister Fawad Chaudhry additionally stated that Shehbaz’s identify has been added to the no-fly checklist after approval from the cupboard and completion of authorized formalities. “The related document has been up to date on this regard,” he tweeted. In the meantime, criticizing the federal government’s transfer, PML-N chief Azam Nazir Tarar stated the social gathering will file a case of contempt of court docket.
“The federal government refused to let him (Shehbaz) go overseas regardless of orders by the Lahore Excessive Court docket, Tarar stated. A number of PML-N leaders have been dealing with corruption instances, which they declare, are politically motivated.
On 23 April, 2021, Shehbaz walked free from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail after about eight months behind bars within the cash laundering and property past means reference filed by the nation’s anti-graft physique.
The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) had alleged that Shehbaz’s household had property of round Rs 16.5 million until 1990, which elevated to over Rs 7 billion in 2018 which have been disproportionate to his identified sources of revenue. .