Nawaz Sharif passport to be cancelled on Feb 16

Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s government has decided to cancel the passport of former premier Nawaz Sharif in a month-and-a-half.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced this on Wednesday while talking to reporters in Islamabad.

“We have decided to cancel Nawaz Sharif’s passport on February 16.”

The government has already approached UK authorities to extradite Nawaz Sharif. 

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Accountability, Shahzad Akbar had said that it is up to the British government to decide on the extradition of the former premier.

The PML-N supremo was granted an eight-week bail on medical grounds in October 2019 and a month later he was allowed to travel abroad for treatment for four weeks.

The PTI government maintains that Nawaz Sharif was permitted on condition he would share details of treatment which he didn’t do.

The deposed premier has been declared proclaimed offender by Islamabad High Court and an accountability court for failing to appear before the court.

Speaking to the reporters, Sheikh Rashid said the opposition had been “exposed” as money launderers and people who obtained iqamas (work permit) because they were not honest with the country.

“Why did all these people use to take iqamas? If I as the interior minister obtain an iqama, it means there is something fishy and I don’t have faith in my land,” he said.

The minister said all the “thieves” got united when their wealth obtained through money laundering and corruption was exposed and claimed that they were being victimized.

Asked by a reporter “who is next” after PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif’s arrest on Tuesday, Rashid said it wasn’t yet known but added: “[We] will cancel Nawaz Sharif’s passport on February 16.” He did not provide any details.

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