Nawaz can seek treatment abroad if court permits, says Akbar


–AGP says PML-N supremo should submit indemnity bonds if he intends to return

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar has said that the government has no issue if the court allows Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif to seek medical treatment abroad, a local news outlet reported on Friday.

Akbar also rejected opposition’s narrative that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was doing politics over the issue, saying the law does not permit the government to remove a convicted person’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

“The government allowed him one-time permission to go abroad because it was in its jurisdiction,” he added.

He further said that PML-N was politicising the health of the former premier.

Meanwhile, speaking to a local news outlet, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Anwar Mansoor Ali Khan said that the government can only allow Nawaz to go abroad if he submits indemnity bonds.

He said that if the former premier intends to return to the country, he should not hesitate from submitting the bonds.

Speaking about the court’s decision to hear Nawaz’s petition, he said that the government has no issue with the court hearing the matter. The government does not even mind if an early hearing is conducted.

He further said that the government would accept the court’s decision and would refrain from submitting an appeal.

Earlier in the day, the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected government and National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea for dismissal of a petition filed by the former premier. Justice Baqir Najafi, who was heading the division bench, ruled that the court can hear Nawaz’s petition.