Govt conditionally allows Nawaz to go abroad for treatment

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 12 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Tuesday said the government had in principle allowed former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for treatment after submitting surety bonds for his return after recovery.

It would be one time approval on submission of indemnity bonds by the Sharif family or the fine imposed by courts in the cases filed against Nawaz Sharif by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), she said while briefing the media about the decisions of Federal Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Dr Firdous said some cabinet members had reservations on permitting Nawaz Sharif to go abroad on medical grounds. However, the prime minister considered the request of opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif on humanitarian grounds and gave his approval while also keeping in view the majority members’ support, she added.

It would be conditional and time-barred relief and a proposal containing parameters and criteria for Nawaz’s return to the country after his treatment abroad, had been sent to the Sharif Family, Dr Firdous said.

The special assistant said the cabinet considered the opinion of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), point of view of Minister for Law and Justice, and the legal precedents.