Pakistan News: Former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was allowed to travel abroad by The Lahore High Court on Saturday for four weeks to get his medical treatment. It was told that this time duration can be extended depending upon his medical reports.
The court ordered the federal government to remove Nawaz’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions because the government had earlier placed a condition of indemnity bonds for his traveling abroad.
The bench which heard the petition comprised of two judges, Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem and Justice Ali Baqar Najafi. The hearing started at 11 am and the verdict was given around 6 pm after multiple breaks back and forth.
It was assured by Nawaz Sharif in the undertaking that he would return to Pakistan in four weeks. This time frame was not there in the initial handwritten undertaking.
The brother of Nawaz, Shehbaz Sharif appeared in court, expressed appreciation for the decision and said the prayers of his mother. An undertaking was signed by him which stated that he would “make sure the return of his brother within four weeks or after certification by the doctors that he has recovered and is able to return to Pakistan.”
The undertaking signed by Shehbaz Sharif further said, “I further undertake to provide/send the periodical medical report of the doctor duly notarized by the embassy to the registrar of this court. I also undertake that if at any stage, the federal government has credible information that Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is living abroad despite his fitness to travel, a representative from Pakistan’s High Commission would have a right to meet with his physician(s) to verify or confirm about his health.”
Senator Faisal Javed said that once a written order is obtained, it will be decided whether to appeal the decision of the court.
Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information said that the government always respects the decisions of the court. She also opposed Faisal Javed’s stance and told that no decision on the appeal is made yet.
Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said that the Ministry of the Interior has the right to remove the name from the list, but in the past, there were some examples, in which case a person can travel abroad after showcasing a certified copy of the court order to immigration officials.