Cabinet allows Nawaz Sharif to go Foreign Country for Medical

The cabinet’s sub-committee has granted ‘one time’ permission to Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for four weeks for his medical treatment.

Addressing a press conference after chairing a consultative meeting of the cabinet’s sub-committee held to finalise its recommendations on the matter of removing Nawaz’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) on Wednesday, Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that the permission will be for ‘one time’ only and the decision was taken keeping in view the PML-N leader’s medical reports and the treatment he was provided in the country.

He said this permission will be subject to the Sharif family submitting an indemnity bond “to the tune of Rs7-7.5 billion”.

He said the permission is “not conditional to anyone’s consent” and has been granted to fulfil the government’s obligations.

He said Nawaz Sharif’s case was not as simple as it looked. “It was a complicated case and the sub-committee had to look into minor details to reach a decision.”

Earlier, the decision on removal of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif from Exit Control List (ECL) remained undecided after .

The committee was supposed to meet today, however, both Punjab Health Secretary Momin Agha and head of medical board formed for Nawaz’s health, Services Hospital Principal Dr Mahmood Ayaz said that the meeting did not take place, local media reported.

PML-N leaders Ataullah Tarar and Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the party representatives had not been asked to appear before the sub-committee meeting today.

The government on Tuesday granted conditional approval to remove Nawaz’s name from the ECL. Addressing a news conference, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan said that 85-90 percent participants of the federal cabinet meeting were in favour of allowing Nawaz to go abroad.

She further said that the meeting has also decided that the PML-N should be legally bound to surety bonds, indemnity bonds, security and fines imposed on him by courts. There was a consensus of all members that the permission to go abroad should be a one-time waiver and Nawaz’s visit should be time-bound.

However, the PML-N rejected the government’s offer and announced against submitting any surety bond in return for granting permission to the PML-N leader to go abroad.

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