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Govt withdraws appeal against Shehbaz Sharif

It had challenged the LHC verdict allowing PML-N president to fly abroad

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 2, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
Posted: Jun 2, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 months ago

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The federal government has withdrawn its petition challenging the Lahore High Court verdict which allowed PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif to travel abroad.

Pakistan placed Shehbaz’s name on the Exit Control List on May 17. Ten days before, the Lahore High Court granted permission to Shehbaz to travel abroad for medical treatment. He had told the court that he has been battling cancer and has an appointment with his doctor on May 20 in London.

As the UK has imposed a travel ban on Pakistan, Shehbaz was supposed to fly to Qatar, spend 10 days there and then leave for London. He was, however, offloaded from a flight to Doha at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on May 8.

On Wednesday, the registrar of the Lahore High Court submitted all documents to the Supreme Court.

Shehbaz’s lawyer assured the top court that they will not pursue the contempt petition filed in the high court against the federal government and the Federal Investigation Agency.

The Supreme Court made the two following observations during the case proceedings today:

  • The way that Lahore High Court proceedings took place in the case should in no way set an example for future hearings.
  • Hire judges on the openings at accountability courts.

Contempt petition

The petition, filed on May 17, accused the FIA and the federal government of committing contempt of court by stopping Shehbaz from travelling abroad on May 8.

The petition said that the LHC had allowed Shehbaz on May 7 to travel to London for a doctor’s appointment. He had told the court he has been undergoing cancer treatment and wanted to travel to London for that. As the UK has imposed a travel ban on Pakistan, Shehbaz was supposed to fly to Qatar, spend 10 days there and then leave for London. He was, however, offloaded from a flight to Doha at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport on May 8.

The petition says that the immigration officers at the airport told Shehbaz that his name is on the Provisional National Identification List. It has asked the court to order the government to implement its decision, and also hold accountable secretary interior, FIA DG Wajid Zia, and FIA Director Muhammad Rizwan for contempt.

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