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Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif leaves for London in air ambulance 

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 19 Nov 2019

Photo courtesy: Maryam Nawaz Sharif Twitter page

Islamabad/Lahore: Accompanied by sibling Shehbaz Sharif and personal physician Dr Adnan Khan, Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday departed for London in an air ambulance for his treatment.

The ambulance, which arrived at 8:45am at Lahore Airport has Qatar as its first destination, from where it will continue its journey towards London, reported Geo News.

According to reports, seven people are travelling with Nawaz.

Earlier, while speaking to morning show in "Geo Pakistan", PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said doctors had conducted a medical test in the morning.

"If Nawaz Sharif had left 15 days earlier, then his treatment would have already started by now," Aurangzeb told the news channel.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday permitted to remove Nawaz Sharif's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions for a time period of four weeks, reported Geo News.

Several senior PML-N leaders were at the airport to see him off, Aurangzeb said, adding that Sharif has handed over party affairs to other leaders. Scores of PML-N supporters gathered outside.

Sharif, the three-time prime minister, is presently serving a seven-year jail term over corruption charges.

The Islamabad High Court last month suspended the sentence of the former prime minister for eight weeks on health issues. However, Sharif could not proceed abroad as his name was on a list, those listed could not go abroad without the government's permission.

 

The Lahore High Court later permitted him to go abroad but he will return after a month to complete his jail sentence.

 

The government of Prime Minister Imran Khan had attached certain conditions to Sharif's going abroad, however, the PML-N party had rejected the conditions.

 

Shehbaz Sharif, younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, had approached the Lahore High Court against the conditions. Shehbaz is accompanying his brother in the air ambulance.

 

A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court ruled that time period of Sharif's treatment abroad could be extended on the basis of the medical reports.

 

The bench also ordered the government to remove Sharif's name from the Exit Control List.

 

The court had ruled that Shehbaz will ensure that his brother will return to the country in accordance with the ruling, adding that it would be violation of the undertaking if Sharif did not return to the country.




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