Pakistan

NAB forwards case of removing Nawaz's name from ECL to interior ministry

NAB forwards case of removing Nawaz's name from ECL to interior ministry

ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said Monday that the government itself should look into the matter of excluding the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to Dunya News sources, the anti-graft watchdog has returned the matter to the Interior Ministry after they sent Nawaz Sharif’s medical reports to the NAB.

Meanwhile Interior Ministry sent the matter to sub committee which asked the related parties to appear before it on Tuesday at 10AM.

The committee in its notification has asked the applicant Shehbaz Sharif, NAB, Punjab government and medical board to appear before it with required documents.

Earlier, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s ticket to London for medical treatment has been canceled due to delay in excluding his name from Exit Control List (ECL).

Nawaz Sharif was scheduled to travel UK on Qatar Airways flight QR629 today. However, his ticket has been canceled as the authorities have not removed his name from ECL yet.

Party sources told that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, his brother Shehbaz Sharif and personal doctor Dr Adnan were also due to leave Pakistan along with the ex-PM.

They further told that arrangements for best medical treatment for Nawaz Sharif have been completed at Harley Street Clinic in London by his son Hussain Nawaz.

Nawaz’s deteriorating health

The doctors at the Sharif Medical City Hospital recommended shifting the erstwhile premier abroad for treatment as his platelets count has dropped below 30,000.

On the other hand, PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz said her father, Nawaz Sharif, must go anywhere around the world where his treatment is possible.

Maryam Nawaz talked to media outside an accountability court (AC) in Lahore and maintained that it is another debate whether Nawaz Sharif is willing for treatment abroad.

She told that the PML-N supreme leader’s health is still very critical as his platelets count is not getting stable despite medication.

Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday had been discharged from Lahore’s Services Hospital, where he was undergoing a medical treatment for 16 days due to fluctuation in his platelets count.

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.