FIA bars Shahbaz Sharif from leaving for Doha

FIA bars Shahbaz Sharif from leaving for Doha

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Lahore: The FBI banned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and National Assembly opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif from going to Doha, Qatar on Saturday.

According to sources, the FIA staff stopped Shahbaz Sharif on immigration counter at the Allama Iqbal International Airport and informed him that his name is still on black list in their record.

Shahbaz Sharif was scheduled to depart for Doha from Lahore, where he was expected to stay for two to three days. From Doha, the PML-N leader was scheduled to leave for London. Shahbaz Sharif is a cancer patient and was going to London for treatment.

According to family sources, preparations are underway on an emergency basis for Shahbaz Sharif s departure abroad where the PML-N president will undergo a medical examination by his doctor in London on May 22.

The United Kingdom has included Pakistan on its “red list” (the list of countries that deny entry to travelers) to protect the United Kingdom from the mutation of the coronavirus.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and National Assembly Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif to go abroad on Friday.

Justice Ali Baqir Najfi announced the verdict on the petition of the former prime minister of Punjab, which excluded his name from the blacklist. Judge Ali Baqar Najafi passed an order in a petition filed by Shahbaz Sharif to remove his name from the blacklist.

The court allowed Shahbaz Sharif to conduct a physical examination on the UK from May 8 to July 5, except for the answer from the respondent.

Advocate Amjad Pervaiz on behalf of Shahbaz Sharif argued before the court that his client was arrested in connection with Ashiana and Ramzan Sugar Mills cases in 2018 but he got bail in February 2019. However his name was put on exit control list and it was removed on direction of the LHC, he added.

He submitted that Shahbaz Sharif was scheduled to visit consultant in connection with his treatment in London but his name had been put on the blacklist.

He argued that step of putting his client’s name on the blacklist was illegal as he had not been served any notice. At this, the court questioned a deputy attorney general whether name of Shahbaz Sharif had been put on blacklist.

To this, he stated that he could not assist the court without taking instructions from the concerned quarters. The court directed the law officer for taking instructions from concerned quarters and adjourned hearing for short time.

What I want to mention here is that Shahbaz Sharif submitted a petition in the LHC stating that he is a cancer survivor and needs to go abroad for treatment, but the federal government blacklisted his name.

The Ministry of the Interior, the Federation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIA) were designated as respondent.

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