Lahore court to hear petition for lifting Sharif’s travel ban

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Nawaz Sharif looks out the window of his plane after attending a ceremony to inaugurate the M9 motorway between Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan February 3, 2017. (Reuters)
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Pakistani policemen stand guard on the gate of a hospital before shifting jailed Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif (unseen), in Lahore on November 6, 2019. (AFP)
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Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gestures as he boards a Lahore-bound flight due for departure, at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE July 13, 2018. (REUTERS/ File Photo)
Updated 15 November 2019

Lahore court to hear petition for lifting Sharif’s travel ban

  • Petition filed in Lahore High Court to remove Sharif’s name from the no-fly list
  • Government had earlier offered a one-time travel waiver to Sharif against Rs.7 bn surety bond to avail treatment abroad

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president, Shahbaz Sharif, said on Thursday that a petition had been filed in the Lahore High Court to remove the name of his brother and ailing former premier Nawaz Sharif from the no-fly list. 

He said that Sharif, who was serving his sentence on corruption charges, had been granted bail on health grounds and that the government’s conditional approval for his travel abroad for medical treatment was a “terrible demand” with “no legal, constitutional or judicial basis.” 

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Shahbaz Sharif said that the government’s “intentional delay” could be life-threatening to the 69-year old thrice former premier.

The country’s law minister, Farogh Naseem, told a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday that a sub-committee looking into the issue had decided to allow the former prime minister to leave the country for medical treatment.

“However, this will be one-time permission that will be subject to the provision of indemnity bonds worth Rs7 billion rupee,” he told the media. “Sharif will be allowed to go anywhere in the world but will have to return in four weeks.”

Naseem said the permission was granted to fulfill the government’s obligation in view of the former prime minister’s “critical medical condition.”

Reacting to the conditional permission, Haq told Arab News that the government was admitting that Sharif was seriously ill but was also creating hurdles in his way to travel abroad for medical treatment.

“The court has granted him an eight-week bail,” he added, “but the government is reducing that to four weeks and imposing an irrational condition. It is highly condemnable and we strongly protest this decision.”

However, he added the decision to accept or reject the government’s offer “solely rested with Nawaz Sharif and his family.”
 


Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

Updated 46 min 37 sec ago

Wet weather delays resumption of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka test

  • Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • The possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Rain for the third consecutive day has delayed the resumption of the first test in Pakistan in 10 years.
Overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers at the Pindi Cricket Stadium and the outfield is also soggy.
The ground staff is busy in clearing water off the covers, but its still quite heavily overcast and the possibility of play before lunch on Saturday looks unlikely.
Sri Lanka, which last played a test in Pakistan in 2009, is 282-6 in its first innings with Dhananjaya de Silva unbeaten on 87 and Dilruwan Perera not out on 6.
So far only 91.5 overs of play has been possible in the first test of the two-match series which is part of ICC’s World Test Championship.
The wet weather in the northern city of Pakistan has badly affected the revival of test cricket in Pakistan for over a decade. Rawalpindi last hosted a test match in 2004 when India beat Pakistan by an innings margin.
Sri Lanka was the last team to play a test match in Pakistan, when terrorists attacked the touring team’s bus in Lahore in March 2009. The ambush killed eight people and left several Sri Lankan players and officials injured.
In the interim, Pakistan has played its home test matches on neutral territory, mostly in the United Arab Emirates.