LHC to come up with own draft of Shehbaz's undertaking following disagreements over phrasing 1

LHC to come up with own draft of Shehbaz’s undertaking following disagreements over phrasing


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday said that it would create its own draft of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif’s undertaking guaranteeing the return of his brother — Nawaz Sharif — to Pakistan, after the siblings and the government’s counsels could not reach an agreement on the phrasing of the draft and its terms.

Earlier in the hearing, Shehbaz submitted a draft of the undertaking to the court, saying that he would “facilitate” Nawaz’s return to Pakistan following his treatment abroad.

The LHC had asked for a written affidavit from the Sharif family guaranteeing that Nawaz would return to Pakistan after he has regained his health.

Shehbaz’s lawyer submitted the two-page long draft of the affidavit in the court.

According to the details of the draft, “Nawaz Sharif will return to the country as soon as his health is stabilised. He [Nawaz Sharif] will face his cases as soon as he returns to the country.”

The affidavit further said, Nawaz will return to the country as soon as the doctors allow him. “Nawaz Sharif is travelling abroad on the recommendation of the Pakistani doctors,” it added.

A draft was also submitted by the government which read, “Nawaz Sharif will travel abroad for medical reason. Whenever, the doctors will declare Nawaz fit, he will return to the country.”

The draft further said, “The federal government has the power to ask Nawaz to return to the country at any time”

“Shehbaz Sharif should submit an undertaking saying that if Nawaz Sharif does not return to the country, Shehbaz will pay the fine,” the draft further said.

However, the draft submitted by the government lawyer was rejected by Shehbaz’s lawyer, stating that the draft submitted by the government lawyer was unconstitutional.

The court suggested that the word “facilitate” be replaced with “ensure” in the undertaking submitted by Shehbaz.

The court also ordered that Nawaz’s medical report be presented.

The additional attorney general requested that the government’s draft be made part of the court order.

Earlier, the court had sought written assurances from the PML-N president regarding Nawaz’s removal from the no-fly list.

Shehbaz’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz told the court that former prime minister was ready to assure the court that he will return to Pakistan after he recovers. He added that the former premier was going abroad on the recommendations of the doctors.

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