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Court Allows Nawaz Sharif To Go Abroad

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Government Instructed To Remove Nawaz Sharif ‘s Name From ECL; Former Disgraced Prime Minister Allowed To Go Abroad Without Any Conditions

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday permitted to remove former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ‘s name from the Exit Control List without any conditions for a time period of four months.

During the hearing, the LHC presented petitioner Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the federal government’s counsels a proposed draft on the undertaking for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif ’s removal from the no-fly list on a conditional basis.

The High Court earlier said that it would create its own draft of Shehbaz’s undertaking guaranteeing the return of his brother — Nawaz Sharif — to Pakistan, after the siblings and the government’s counsels could not reach an agreement on the phrasing of the draft and its terms.

When asked about the court’s recommended draft, Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer Ashtar Ausaf said that it is acceptable to the party as the government’s stance was rejected.

The federal government counsels have taken the proposed draft to consult higher-ups.

Earlier in the hearing, Shehbaz submitted a draft of the undertaking to the court, saying that he would “facilitate” Nawaz’s return to Pakistan following his treatment abroad.

The LHC had asked for a written affidavit from the Sharif family guaranteeing that Nawaz would return to Pakistan after he has regained his health.

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 his health is stabilized. He [Nawaz Sharif] will face his cases as soon as he returns to the country.”

The affidavit further said Nawaz will return to the country as soon as the doctors allow him. “Nawaz Sharif is traveling abroad on the recommendation of the Pakistani doctors,” it added.

A draft was also submitted by the government which read, “Nawaz Sharif will travel abroad for a medical reason. Whenever the doctors will declare Nawaz fit, he will return to the country.”

The draft further said, “The federal government has the power to ask Nawaz to return to the country at any time”

“Shehbaz Sharif should submit an undertaking saying that if Nawaz Sharif does not return to the country, Shehbaz will pay the fine,” the draft further said.

However, the draft submitted by the government lawyer was rejected by Shehbaz’s lawyer, stating that the draft submitted by the government lawyer was unconstitutional.

The court suggested that the word “facilitate” be replaced with “ensure” in the undertaking submitted by Shehbaz.

The court also ordered that Nawaz’s medical report be presented.

The additional attorney general requested that the government’s draft be made part of the court order.

Earlier, the court had sought written assurances from the PML-N president regarding Nawaz’s removal from the no-fly list.

Shehbaz’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz told the court that former prime minister was ready to assure the court that he will return to Pakistan after he recovers. He added that the former premier was going abroad on the recommendations of the doctors.

The court also asked the PML-N president what role he would play to ensure that Nawaz returns to Pakistan.

During the recess, Shehbaz’s lawyer submitted the two-page long draft of the affidavit in the court.

The draft after being submitted to the court’s associate was sent to the judges in their chamber.

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.”

The affidavit further said Nawaz will return to the country as soon as the doctors allow him. “Nawaz Sharif is traveling abroad on the recommendation of the Pakistani doctors,” it added.

Earlier, during the hearing, the two-member bench comprising Justice Ali Baqir Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem set aside a few questions for the parties.

In the first question, the court asked if a convicted person can be removed from the Exit Control List (ECL). The second question asked whether it was possible that one-sided conditions be set for removing a person from the ECL.

The fourth question the court has put forward was whether the petitioners and the government can change their views on the indemnity bonds

The court also asked if the memorandum was issued on humanitarian grounds. It also asked whether anything can be separated in the memorandum. The bench also asked if the terms can also be separated.

To this, the Additional Attorney General Ishtiaq A Khan informed the court that the former prime minister can go abroad for treatment if he wants to.

On the other hand, Shehbaz’s counsel Pervaiz said that his client was in the room and would like to discuss the question’s response with him.

To this, the court allowed a 15-minute recess so that the lawyer could speak to the PML-N president.

In yesterday’s hearing, the LHC had dismissed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the federal government’s stance challenging the maintainability of the plea and called it admissible.

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