Pakistan allow Nawaz Sharif to travel overseas for urgent medical treatment.
Government will allow Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for urgent medical treatment, stated by Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday.
Sharif was bailed for health reasons and remains at a hospital in Lahore, but a travel ban stopped him from leaving the country.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that “legal obstacles” to Sharif’s departure were being removed as doctors had said that medical treatment in abroad was needed to save his life.
“The government has given importance to the doctors’ judgment,” Qureshi told reporters, days after Sharif’s relatives petitioned Pakistan’s interior ministry for the travel ban to be raised.
“We pray to God for his rescue, so that he returns with a good health and take part in politics,” he added more.
A link in Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party said Sharif would probably be flying to London in the days ahead.
Sharif, known as the “Lion of Punjab”, is a political fighter who has repeatedly boomed back to the country’s top office, highlighting the impulsive nature of Pakistani politics.
An enormously rich steel tycoon from Punjab, Pakistan’s wealthiest province, the 69-year-old was considered strong on the economy and structure, but inherited sagging finances and a oppressive energy crisis when he was elected for the third time in 2013.
He earned a reputation for fight during his two earlier terms as prime minister, from 1990 to 1993 — when he was fired also on corruption charges — and from 1997 to 1999, when he was removed by the powerful military.
Sharif blamed the security formation for again targeting him in 2017, when the Supreme Court excluded him from politics for life over graft claims, which he denies.
He later received a seven-year jail punishment.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who beaten Sharif’s party in last year’s general election, has since launched a high profile and notorious anti-corruption drive that has targeted several leaders of Sharif’s party.