LHC allows Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for 4 weeks


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed on Saturday former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment, without having to sign the indemnity bond suggested by the federal government.

According to the order by a tw0-member bench after day-long proceedings, Shehbaz Sharif can accompany his brother abroad for four weeks.

The high court directed the federal government to remove the former premier from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions.

Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem heard the petition challenging the government’s condition of furnishing indemnity bonds to remove Nawaz’s name from the no-fly list.

During the hearing, Justice Najafi remarked that in his opinion, it was not fair for the government to place conditions after the Islamabad High Court had granted bail to the former PM.

After hearing the arguments, the LHC had presented its own draft for the undertaking, and handed it over to lawyers of both sides for review.

While the draft was accepted by PML-N, it was rejected by the government’s legal team.

Earlier, the PML-N president had submitted a written undertaking about the former prime minister’s travel and return to Pakistan.

It stated: “I undertake to facilitate return of my brother on certification by doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return to Pakistan.”