Ball is now in PML-N’s court, Awan says regarding Nawaz being granted permission to travel

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Thursday The ball is now in the Pakistan Muslim League-N’s court regarding former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s health.

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Addressing the media outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the PM’s special assistant said Politics can continue, but Nawaz Sharif’s health is more important.

On Wednesday, the PTI-led government announced that it would allow the former premier to fly to the United Kingdom, for medical treatment, provided he submits indemnity bonds worth Rs7 billion and makes a commitment that he will return to Pakistan and face the corruption cases against him.

Awan said that the laws of the Exit Control List do not allow for a convict to leave the country, “but as an out-of-the-box solution and on the basis of humanity, Prime Minister Imran Khan has agreed to give him [Sharif] a one-time waiver.”

The former premier is currently at his residence at Jati Umra undergoing treatment for multiple health complications and requires tests that are not available in Pakistan.

Awan added, “despite political difference, when the prime minister found out that a person’s life is in danger, he advised all spokespersons to not do politics on Nawaz Sharif’s health.”

Sharif’s brother, Shehbaz Sharif, is expected to hold an important press conference later today regarding the family’s decision.

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