Ex-PM Sharif leaves Pakistan for medical treatment

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government will not approach the Supreme Court over former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's travel to London for medical treatment, sources informed on Tuesday.

Earlier this morning, Sharif, accompanied by his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif and personal physician Dr Adnan, departed for London in an air ambulance via Doha.

Footage aired on local broadcaster Geo News showed a heavily-guarded convoy taking Sharif to the airport.

The member of the Nawaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz would not go with her father as she had surrendered her passport to the Lahore High Court as surety against the bail granted to her in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills corruption case.

"Thank God that he has left for the medical treatment he needs urgently", Ahsan Iqbal, a senior PML-N lawmaker, said. We are praying for his health and (for his) speedy recovery so that he can return and face the law.

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Elections that followed that year ushered in the government of Imran Khan, who has vowed to root out corruption. "When such leadership demands respect for vote, it actually insults the democratic process", he said in a tweet.

But Sharif was only allowed to leave after agreeing to a series of conditions preventing him seeking exile, including submitting periodic medical reports notarised by Pakistan's embassy in London, according to court documents. "The four-week duration can be extended further on his doctors" recommendations.

The LHC on Saturday permitted to remove Nawaz Sharif's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions for a time period of four weeks. On Wednesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government granted a one-time permission to Sharif for four weeks to travel overseas for his treatment provided he submitted indemnity bonds worth Rs 700 crore. The IHC suspended the jail term and granted bail to Sharif for eight weeks on medical grounds late last month.

Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government had demanded that Sharif pay a bond of 7 billion Pakistani Rupees (estimated United States dollars 45 million) as a condition of his travel overseas - which the PML-N had rejected. He was scheduled to leave for London on November 10.

Sharif was earlier this year sentenced to seven years in prison. The Sharif family has denied all corruption charges and termed them as politically motivated.

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