Petition filed in IHC against issuance of diplomatic passport to Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed in Islamabad High Court to stop the authorities from issuing a diplomatic passport to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The petition also asked of the court to direct authorities to apprehend ‘absconder’ Nawaz on his return to Pakistan, who is currently staying in London.

Nawaz has been living in London for over two years on grounds of poor health. He was allowed to leave the country by the Lahore High Court after it was revealed that his platelet levels had dropped seriously.

He was granted a four-week leave by the court then after his younger brother and the current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif submitted undertaking that he would return to the country in four weeks’ time.

The petition was moved in the IHC by Advocate Naeem Haider Panjutha who maintained that Nawaz was “a court absconder who was convicted by learned NAB (National Accountability Bureau) Court for corruption … it is violative of law, a mockery of the justice system and disgrace to the nation if a diplomatic passport is issued to a convict”

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