LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to leave for London on November 10 (Sunday) along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif and vice president Maryam Nawaz for medical treatment, sources privy to Sharif family told on Friday.
According to sources, the doctors at Harley Street Clinic in London have also been consulted regarding Nawaz Sharif’s medical treatment.
On the other hand, the federal government has decided to remove Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The interior ministry will write a letter to the federal cabinet and the erstwhile premier’s name will be removed from the ECL after approval.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif will presumably accompany elder brother Nawaz Sharif for his treatment abroad, and has cancelled all other engagements.
On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz has contacted her legal team and decided to file miscellaneous petition to get her passport back which was submitted in the Lahore High Court following her bail approval. The counsels also met Shehbaz Sharif.
LHC grants bail to Nawaz Sharif in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case
On October 25, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had bailed Nawaz Sharif indefinitely on medical grounds in Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, days after he was taken to Services Hospital from Kot Lakhpat Jail after deterioration of his health.
The ruling had come after doctors confirmed Sharif was suffering from an autoimmune blood disorder requiring immediate medical attention.
Nawaz Sharif gets 8-week bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case
Keeping in view the health condition of the former PM, Islamabad High Court (IHC), on October 30, had granted him bail for eight weeks over two surety bonds worth Rs2 million each.
The IHC announced, “In case the indisposition of petitioner No.2 (Nawaz Sharif) continues, he before the expiry of perod of eight weeks may approach the Government of Punjab under Section 401 (2) Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 and until the decision of the Provincial Government on the application, he shall continue to remain on bail. However, if petitioner No. 2 does not approach the Provincial Government within the period mentioned hereinabove this order shall cease to have effect on lapse of period of eight weeks and the bail granted shall stand revoked/cancelled.”
Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on 24 December 2018. Rs1.5 billion and US $25 million fine, a disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office was part of the sentences awarded to the former premier.