LAHORE: Opposition leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif Monday filed a contempt petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) over stopping him from flying abroad despite the court orders.
He stated in the petition that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) stopped him though the court had allowed him to travel abroad for eight weeks in connection with his medical check-up. He submitted that the action was a clear contempt of the court and pleaded with the court to initiate the contempt proceedings against the FIA authorities. Shehbaz Sharif also filed a civil miscellaneous application for implementation of the court orders.
FIA stopped Shehbaz Sharif, President of PML-N and Leader of the Opposition in NA from travelling abroad today (8th of May) morning by putting his name in another Black List. PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb who accompanied him to the immigration counter told the journalists: “When Shehbaz Sharif came to the airport today, FIA officials stopped him and said he could not travel because there was another list, a ‘person-not-in-list’.”
It may be recalled that on Friday (7th of May) LHC had granted him conditional permission on medical grounds to travel abroad during a hearing to remove his name from the government’s Black List. Pleading his case Shehbaz Sharif had shown a return-ticket to London and stated that earlier too he had gone to UK and returned. Convinced, the court granted him permission to fly abroad from 8th day of May till 5th day of July. The Court in its 6-page ruling stated that Shehbaz Sharif’s name was not in the ECL and even if his name was in the Black List he would not be stopped from travelling abroad for medical treatment.
LHC in its interim order had maintained: “Dispensation sought for is allowed subject to all just and legal exceptions…Keeping in view the past conduct and travel history, the fact that name of the petitioner is not in Exit Control List (ECL) at the moment, the name of the petitioner in blacklist, if already placed, will not stop the petitioner from one-time visit to UK from May 8, 2021, to July 3, 2021 for his medical checkup as per his personal commitment made before this court.”
Reacting to the LHC ruling Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Ch. Fawad Hussain has taken to the Twitter to post image of a Rs. 50 Stamp Paper pointing out: “Shahbaz Sharif had submitted this guarantee to the court to get Nawaz Sharif out. Now, instead of giving notice to Shahbaz Sharif for furnishing fake guarantee and calling Nawaz Sharif back, Shahbaz Sharif himself is being sent out.”
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