Nawaz to leave for London at 9am today


LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif will leave for London on Tuesday at 9:00am in an air ambulance.

The former premier will be accompanied by his younger brother, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, and his personal physician Dr Adnan Khan.

According to reports, the Sharif family has rented an air ambulance, which will arrive at 3:00am at Allama Iqbal International Airport. The airport administration has received a copy of the court’s verdict in this matter and has completed all preparations for the former premier’s departure.

Also, a meeting of the PML-N decided that Shehbaz Sharif will return to Pakistan after the health condition of Nawaz Sharif stabilises.

Party matters would be run through collective leadership while the parliamentary advisory group of the party will oversee matters related to parliament and other administrative issues.

Sources said the advisory group includes senior PML-N leaders Raja Zafar ul Haq, Rana Tanveer, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq.

Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) issued a notification to formally allow the former prime minister to travel abroad for medical treatment, stating that the decision has been taken as an “interim arrangement” in light of the Lahore High Court’s order in this regard.

In its notification, the ministry reproduced the undertakings provided by Shehbaz and Nawaz to the LHC in which the terms of their travel and return have been laid out.

The undertaking provided by Shehbaz includes a clause that states that the Pakistan High Commission will have the right to meet Nawaz’s doctors to “verify or confirm about his health”.

The LHC had on Saturday allowed the former premier to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment, saying the duration could be extended based on medical reports.