LAHORE: Three-time former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif likely to leave the country for treatment on next Monday after getting approval from Lahore High Court (LHC) today to go abroad for treatment without any indemnity bond.
“The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif will likely to leave for London on Monday evening,” said Maryam Aurangzeb, spokeswoman of PML-N on a private TV channel. She further said all preparations have already been completed.
In this connection, the LHC has allowed the plea of the leader of the opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and brother of Nawaz Sharif. The court, in its short order, directed the government to immediately remove the name of Nawaz Sharif from the Exist Control List (ECL) and allow him to go abroad for treatment for four-week. The stay of Nawaz Sharif to abroad may be extended on medical reports.
However, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz could not travel with him as her passport is attached with the LHC.
Allowed the application of the leader of opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and directed the government to remove Nawaz’s name from the ECL without any condition and bond.
If he (Nawaz Sharif) did not return, so Shahbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif may face contempt of court proceedings.
However, the court had totally rejected the federal government plea for submitting the indemnity bond of Rs 7-7.5 billion.
Shahbaz Sharif also assured the court that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan after recovery of his health. Shehbaz’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz told the court that former prime minister was ready to assure the court that he will return to Pakistan as soon as he recovers after treatment. He added that former premier was going abroad on recommendations of the doctors.
During the recess, Shehbaz’s lawyer submitted the two-page long draft of the affidavit in the court.
According to the details of the draft, “Nawaz Sharif will return to the country as soon as he recovers after his treatment. He [Nawaz Sharif] will face his cases as soon as he returns to the country.”
Two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqir Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem heard the application of the Shahbaz Sharif.
The Islamabad High Court had last week granted bail to Mr Sharif for eight weeks, suspending his seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on medical grounds. Earlier, he had also secured bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court on the same ground.