Interior Ministry ordered to renew passports of Nawaz Sharif and Ishaq Dar: sources

Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, June 6, 2015 (L) and Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister and leader of the PML-N, gestures during a press conference in Islamabad, May 10, 2018. – PID / Reuters / File
  • The Pakistan High Commission in London has ordered to start work on renewing passports of PML-N leaders.
  • The development comes after Shehbaz Sharif was sworn in as prime minister.
  • Nawaz Sharif traveled to London in 2019 for medical treatment and has yet to return.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has asked the interior ministry to renew the passports of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar, sources said on Tuesday.

The development comes after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif – Nawaz’s younger brother – was sworn in as prime minister following the ousting of PTI chairman Imran Khan from office.

The sources further added that the Pakistani High Commission in London has also been instructed to start work on renewing the passports of PML-N leaders.

The Khan-led government had refused to renew Nawaz’s passport after it expired in February last year, but then Home Minister Sheikh Rasheed said that if the PML-N supremo wanted come back, he could receive a special certificate.

The PML-N supremo was granted an eight-week bail for medical reasons in October 2019, and a month later he was allowed to travel abroad for treatment for four weeks – but he is still in London to date.

In 2018, a liability tribunal sentenced Nawaz to seven years in prison in connection with the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case, while he was also sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison and to a fine of £8 million (1.3 billion rupees). in the Avenfield properties reference.

Khan had repeatedly lambasted Nawaz for seeking treatment abroad, but earlier in February noted that letting the PML-N supremo leave Pakistan was a “major mistake” by his government.

In December last year, as political activities escalated, a debate erupted over rumors of a possible return of the PML-N supremo in Pakistan, but his party maintained that Nawaz would return after his recovery complete.

Meanwhile, top PML-N leader Mian Javed Latif had said a day earlier that the former prime minister should return to Pakistan after Eid.

speaking on Geo News program “Aapas Ki Baat“, the top leader of the PML-N, Javed Latif, had said that Nawaz would return to Pakistan after Eid, as there is currently no pandemic in the country.

Latif had further stated that after arriving in Pakistan, Nawaz would face the charges against him.

“He [Nawaz Sharif] will face the courts and the rule of law, but we expect no one to be treated like a ladla [favourite] and no one should have to deal with brutality,” he added.

Betty K. Park