PML-N rejects Pak govt's 'one-time' permission to Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for treatment

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Nov 14, 2019, 09.36 AM(IST)

File photo of Nawaz Sharif Photograph:( Reuters )

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The PML-N described the government's decision as 'biased' and 'based on revenge politics'.

The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday rejected Pakistan government's "one-time permission" to former PM Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment. 

The PML-N described the government's decision as "biased" and "based on revenge politics". On Wednesday, federal minister for law and Justice Farogh Naseem had announced in a press conference that the government had decided to give "one-time" permission to Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for his illness for a period of four weeks, Dawn reported. 

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar who accompanied Naseem in the press conference added that the Sharif family will have to submit an indemnity bond "to the tune of Rs7-7.5 billion" in order to get the permission. 

After the government's announcement, PML-N held a press conference, where party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said the surety bonds had been submitted and all legal and constitutional requirements had already been met during the time of securing bail from various courts. She added that submitting security bonds was unacceptable to the party.

On November 12, the Pakistan government had removed former PM's name from Exit Control List (ECL), allowing Sharif to travel overseas for medical treatment. The relief to Sharif was conditional and on the assurance that he will return to the country to face the charges after his treatment. Pakistan government also asked Sharif to submit multiple bonds. 

Sharif is required to travel to London for treatment after his health deteriorated with a fall of platelet count. On October 22, Nawaz, who was serving a seven-year jail term in a corruption case, was admitted to hospital after his platelets dropped to a critical level of 2000. 

On medical grounds, the High Court in Islamabad granted bail to Sharif for eight weeks, suspending his seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case. He had earlier been given bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case on the same ground by the Lahore High Court.