The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday (Nov 16) permitted to remove former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List without any conditions for a time period of four weeks.
In today’s hearing the two-member bench before starting the hearing set aside a few questions for the parties. The bench is being headed by Justice Ali Baqir Najafi and comprises of Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem
Advocate Amjad Pervez filed the application on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif pleading with the court to order removal of Sharif’s name from the ECL without any conditionality.
The federal government, the interior ministry and others have been named as respondents in the application. The application maintains that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been granted bail on medical grounds; however the interior ministry has not removed Sharif’s name from the no-fly list. On Friday, LHC declared petition seeking unconditional travel of Nawaz Sharif to London maintainable.
Federal government opposed the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) seeking unconditional lifting of Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). However, LHC rejected objections raised by the federal government and National Accountability Bureau on jurisdiction of the court.
Later the hearing was adjourned till Nov 16. On Novembr 13, the government agreed to let the former prime minister travel abroad to seek specialized care, for a four-week period, provided he submits an indemnity bond worth Rs7 billion. However, the PML-N has rejected the government’s conditional offer to travel abroad. The petition challenged the government’s conditional one-time permission to Nawaz to travel abroad for medical treatment.
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17 November, 2019