Deadlock persists: Sub-committee meeting postponed deciding fate of Nawaz’s travel to abroad

ISLAMABAD:The matter of removing Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) remained undecided on Wednesday as a meeting of the cabinet’s sub-committee scheduled to take place in the morning was postponed.

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Punjab Health Secretary Momin Agha, who had arrived for the meeting, told loca news channelthat it did not take place. The head of the medical board formed for Nawaz’s health, Services Hospital Principal Dr Mahmood Ayaz, had also arrived in the morning to attend the meeting.

There may have been a miscommunication about the meeting, Dr Ayaz told the channel.

No official notification or statement was made in this regard.

After marathon meetings of the federal cabinet and its sub-committee on Tuesday, Nawaz had refused to travel abroad for his medical treatment under the conditions proposed by the government. The government had asked that the PML-N supremo’s brother Shehbaz Sharif or his daughter Maryam submit on his behalf surety bonds equivalent to the fines imposed on him in the two corruption cases — Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Avenfield properties.

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