Government Of Pakistan Delays Removal Of Nawaz Sharif's Name From No-Fly List At Eleventh Hour
Pakistan Government Delays Removal Of Nawaz Sharif’s Name From No-Fly List, Hampers His Flying To London For TreatmentFormer Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Photo Credit: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

In a dramatic turn of events, the Pakistan government has delayed the removal of former prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif's name from the no-fly list, thus forcing a change in his plan to leave for London for treatment on Sunday (10 November).

"Sharif was due to leave for London on Sunday morning on a PIA flight along with his brother Shehbaz Sharif. All arrangements were finalised but at the eleventh hour, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government played a trick and did not remove his name from the ECL," a source told Pakistan based daily publication, DAWN.

"We are wondering that despite Prime Minister Imran Khan's assurances and his adviser Naeemul Haq and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's positive statements, Nawaz Sharif's name could not be removed from the ECL, which shows there must be some issue somewhere in this respect," the source added.

On Friday, Nawaz Sharif was allowed in principle to travel abroad for seeking medical treatment, according to a decision taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last week, the former premier was shifted to an intensive care unit (ICU) set up at his Jati Umra residence from the Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), where he was admitted on 22 October after his personal physician raised an alarm about his deteriorating health.

During the course of treatment at the Services Hospital, the former premier had suffered an angina attack, besides complaints of bleeding from gums and some other parts, because of his fluctuating platelets.

Thereafter, the Islamabad High Court had on 29 October granted bail to Sharif for eight weeks, suspending his seven-year sentence in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference on medical grounds. The previous day, he had also secured bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court on the same ground.

(With inputs from IANS.)

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