The Interior Ministry has rejected former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s request to renew his passport but has offered to issue special documents for his repatriation.
The Interior Ministry wrote a reply letter to the Foreign Ministry regarding the request for the issuance of Nawaz Sharif’s diplomatic passport.
According to a copy of the reply letter, the concerned authorities have been directed not to process the request for renewal of the former Prime Minister’s diplomatic passport.
The letter said Nawaz Sharif could apply for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) at the Pakistan High Commission in London for his repatriation, which would allow him to book a trip to Pakistan through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The Interior Ministry has said that the issuance of a passport is not a fundamental right of any citizen, it is the property of the federal government which can be issued only if the applicant satisfies the concerned authorities about the applicability of the application while a citizen’s exit The right to travel to the country expires when it is declared a fugitive from the law.
The letter said that Nawaz Sharif has been declared a notorious criminal by the Islamabad High Court and he is also wanted in several pending cases.
The Interior Ministry said that Nawaz Sharif should return home in this situation and face charges in the relevant courts.
According to a letter to the Foreign Ministry, Nawaz Sharif is a fugitive from the law and cannot seek further relief until he surrenders to the courts in Pakistan.
The letter pointed out that as per the order of the Islamabad High Court on October 29, 2019, the former Prime Minister was granted 8 weeks bail, which was not extended by the Punjab government after its expiry. They failed to justify it.
The Interior Ministry said that Nawaz Sharif would now have to serve the remaining sentence in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, as he would have to abide by the court’s order and avoid legal action instead of abiding by the conditions set out in the bail order. Fled abroad.
The letter also included details of cases against Nawaz Sharif, according to which one case against him is pending in the Islamabad Accountability Court and three in the Islamabad High Court.
The Interior Ministry has asked the Foreign Ministry to send this reply to Nawaz Sharif through the Pakistan High Commission in London.
In another letter to the Additional Secretary (Europe), the Ministry of Home Affairs has requested its assistance in providing information on the medical treatment of the former Prime Minister in view of the order of the Lahore High Court dated November 16, 2019.
Diagnosis of the disease by doctors of Nawaz Sharif, names and addresses of the doctors treating him, copies of all the medical reports including the tests done in the UK with the test results, the treatment received in the UK hospitals (if any) Details of (so), details of ongoing treatment (if any), payments for medical treatment in the UK, dates for seeing doctors in the UK and details of the consultation are requested.
The Interior Ministry has asked Nawaz Sharif to sign a consent form in the UK for the release of medical information to the Pakistan High Commission.
He also directed the Foreign Ministry through the High Commission to contact the medical team to collect medical information and pointed out that the affidavit provided by Nawaz Sharif before the Lahore High Court has ordered the provision of medical information.
It should be noted that the passport of former Prime Minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, who was residing in London for medical treatment, expired on February 16 this year.
Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had said that a person whose name is on the Exit Control List (ECL) cannot be issued a passport nor can it be renewed, but if Nawaz Sharif wants to return to the country within 72 hours emergency Travel Document (ETD) may be issued.