ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet agreed to remove the name of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the Exit Control List (ECL) on Tuesday, paving the way for him so that he could seek medical treatment abroad.
A meeting of the sub-committee of the federal cabinet took a recess earlier in the day, after they failed to arrive at a decision on whether or not to remove the name of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the ECL.
The sub-committee is expected to reconvene tonight at 9:30 pm and if they reach a final decision on the issue, no further approval from the federal cabinet will be required.
The sources claim that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have to deposit security bonds. A conditional approval to remove the name of Nawaz from the no-fly list has been given by the government.
The sub-committee, when it reconvenes, would discuss an application that was filed by the president of PML-N, Shehbaz Sharif seeking removal of name of Nawaz from the ECL on humanitarian grounds.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) refused to give an opinion on the issue during today’s hearing, adding that the federal cabinet had the authority to remove anyone’s name from the ECL.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said that it had no objection to the letter of the government and neither had it given approval for it.
Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem is presiding over the committee meeting. Deputy Secretary of PML-N Attaullah Tarrar, personal physician of the former prime minister and Special Assistant to PM on Accountability Shahzad Akbar are also part of the meeting.
Sources informed that government officials in the meeting were of the opinion that a clear answer by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was needed before Nawaz Sharif could fly abroad.
Air ambulance for Nawaz to arrive tomorrow: Marriyum Aurangzeb
An air ambulance will arrive in Lahore on Wednesday in order to take Nawaz Sharif out of the country for his treatment, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday.
The Twitter account of the party quoted Aurangzeb as saying that the doctors will start preparing Nawaz Sharif for his travels today.
She further added that steroids and other medicines would be used by the doctors in order to ensure that the platelets of the former prime minister are up to the levels that will be required for travelling.
The PML-N spokesperson said that the doctors instructed the family of Nawaz to get an air ambulance yesterday in view of the three-time prime minister’s health.
The PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb repeated that the doctors have urged that the sooner the PML-N supremo is moved out of country the better it would be for his health.
PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the biggest challenge that the doctors, who will treat Nawaz Sharif abroad, will be in identifying the diagnosis and determining the reason behind the low platelet counts of the PML-N leader. She added that the former premier’s health is deteriorating day by day.