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 listing, barring him from leaving the nation for medical therapy.
Earlier this month, the Lahore High Court 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 therapy.
After acquiring bail, Shehbaz, 69, was about to fly to London on May Eight when an Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) staff on the airport stopped him from travelling on the grounds that his identify had been on the provisional nationwide identification listing (PNIL), which impose a brief bar on somebody to depart the nation.
Shehbaz was offloaded from Doha-bound flight on May 8.
Addressing a press convention right here on Monday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed mentioned Shehbaz’s identify was added to the exit management listing (ECL) after approval from the federal Cabinet.
A particular committee of the Interior Ministry on May 12 had proposed to the Cabinet that Shehbaz needs to be barred from leaving the nation as a consequence of corruption instances towards him.
Shehbaz needed to go to London for a medical checkup after he was bailed out of jail final month.
The inside minister mentioned Shehbaz had not submitted any medical paperwork for travelling overseas or specified the therapy for his sickness.
Last week, Shehbaz had challenged the position of his identify on a journey blacklist and sought one-time permission to go overseas for medical therapy.
“I have been a cancer patient and got treated in New York and London. I could not get treatment for more than seven months as I was in jail,” the highest PML-N chief mentioned, including in mild of the medical take a look at report performed in jail, there was a necessity for fast therapy.
Interior minister Ahmed mentioned Shehbaz “was the guarantor for his brother Nawaz. But instead of bringing him back, he was trying to flee”.
“If Nawaz Sharif did not return then why should Shehbaz return? This is a matter of common sense,” he mentioned 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 cancelled his passport. Sharif left the nation after the courtroom 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 therapy overseas. The authorities declared him an absconder after he did not justify prolonging his keep in London.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry additionally mentioned that Shehbaz’s identify has been added to the no-fly listing after approval from the Cabinet and completion of authorized formalities. “The relevant record has been updated in this regard,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, criticising the federal government’s transfer, PML-N chief Azam Nazir Tarar mentioned the occasion will file a case of contempt of courtroom.
“The government refused to let him (Shehbaz) go abroad despite orders by the Lahore High Court,” Tarar mentioned.
Several PML-N leaders have been dealing with corruption instances, which they declare, are politically motivated.
On April 23, 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 National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had alleged that Shehbaz’s household had property of round PKR 16.5 million until 1990, which elevated to over PKR 7 billion in 2018 which had been disproportionate to his recognized sources of earnings.