Allowing Nawaz Sharif to go to UK for remedy was ‘mistake’: Pak PM Imran

Islamabad, August 28

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has mentioned that permitting former premier Nawaz Sharif to depart the nation for medical remedy within the UK was a “mistake” and his authorities “regretted” the choice.

Sharif, 70, was allowed to depart for London in November final 12 months after the Lahore High Court granted him a four-week permission to go overseas for remedy.

The three-time premier had submitted an enterprise to the courtroom to return to Pakistan, citing his document of going through the legislation and justice, inside 4 weeks or as quickly as he’s declared wholesome and match to journey by the medical doctors.

In an interview with it was a “mistake” on his half to permit former premier Nawaz Sharif to depart the nation.

In an interview with ARY News on Thursday, Khan mentioned it was a “mistake” on his half to permit Sharif to depart Pakistan. He mentioned his authorities “regretted” the choice to raise a ban on Sharif.

“Now we feel embarrassed. Now he (Nawaz) has started doing politics [from] there as well and, when you see him, it seems like there is nothing (wrong) with him,” Khan mentioned.

In May, a recent image of Sharif having tea at a London cafe alongside together with his household went viral on social media, sparking a debate on his well being with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf members demanding his return to face corruption instances.

In the image, he was seen sitting at a roadside cafe together with his granddaughters. He sported a blue shalwar kameez and a cap and apparently appeared in higher well being.

The authorities got here beneath criticism when final week Sharif’s images surfaced, displaying him strolling in a road, prompting calls from throughout the ruling occasion to convey him again.

Khan mentioned that Sharif was recognized with an immune system dysfunction and his sickness was mentioned within the Cabinet and a call was made to let him go for remedy.

He mentioned the courtroom had additionally noticed that the federal government can be accountable if one thing occurred to Sharif.

Khan additionally recalled that Sharif’s youthful brother Shehbaz had submitted indemnity bonds value Rs 7 billion, promising that the previous prime minister would come again.

“We tried our best to do what we could, but the medical opinion presented to us was that if we didn’t do anything, he [Nawaz] could die, that he might not even reach London. This is what we were told and after that, we would have been held responsible. So after that, we sent him in good faith,” Khan mentioned.

Asked if he’ll order a probe into if he was introduced “fake” stories about Sharif’s well being, Khan mentioned he was involved with the Punjab well being minister Yasmin Rashid who was accountable for conveying stories about Sharif’s well being.

Sharif was given bail within the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case, during which he was serving a seven-year jail sentence in Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was additionally given bail in a money-laundering case to facilitate his journey overseas.

Sharif was recognized with “complicated coronary artery/ischemic heart disease with significant disease burden”.

The prime minister admitted that an Arab royal had requested the federal government to let Sharif depart, however refused to take a reputation citing “international relations”.

“They (Sharifs) do have connections abroad. But they (the royal) did not assert it, they said it in a very polite manner. It wasn’t like ‘if you don’t do this, this will happen’,” he mentioned.

To a query concerning the rejection of the Senate, which is dominated by the Opposition, of two Financial Action Task Force (FATF) associated payments, he mentioned that if Pakistan was positioned on the blacklist, the nation would endure the challenges confronted by Iran.

“People talk about inflation now. If we are placed on the blacklist, we will experience inflation that would ruin our economy,” he mentioned.

The Paris-based international cash laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF put Pakistan on the gray listing in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion by the top of 2019, however the deadline was prolonged later as a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic.

If Pakistan fails to adjust to the FATF directive by October, there may be each risk that the worldwide physique might put the nation within the ‘Black List’ together with North Korea and Iran. PTI

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