Nawaz Sharif rejects govt’s condition to remove ECL ban

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has refused to travel abroad for medical treatment after the federal attached a new condition to his departure from Pakistan.

The federal cabinet allowed the former premier to fly abroad only after submitting his assets as mortgage, a condition rejected by the PML-N.

Quoting sources, Geo reported that that Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif held a one-and-a-half hour meeting at Jati Umra to deliberate on government’s demand for a financial guarantee in the form of a surety bond.

The cabinet’s subcommittee reserved its verdict on whether Nawaz’s name will be taken out from the no-fly list or not. The subcommittee is expected to announce its decision on Wednesday.

In a press statement, the committee denied claims that it would announce decision at 10apm.

“This is incorrect the Sub-Committee will announce its decision as soon as practicable but there is no determined time,” it said

Owing to the developing situation and government’s uncertainty, Sharif brothers’ departure for London remains unconfirmed.

“We have deposited security bonds at the court, will not provide any further bonds,” said PML-N leader Ata Tarar said.

Nawaz Sharif’s personal physician Dr Adnan Khan insisted that Mr. Sharif must be allowed to travel abroad unconditionally to centre of medical excellence for treatment.