The Government of Pakistan has issued a new passport to the supremo of PML-N and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, allowing him to go to Pakistan.
According to official documents, Nawaz’s passport was issued in Islamabad on 23 April 2022 at 2:49 (PST). The passport is of “ordinary” nature and was issued under the “urgent” category, based on the available evidence.
A credible source said that Nawaz’s appointment for fingerprints at the Pakistani High Commission was scheduled for 23 April at the Pakistan High Commission in London, but it got canceled last time, however, the reason behind cancelling the appointment is unclear.
The new Interior Minister, Rana Sanaullah, said last week that a diplomatic passport was Nawaz’s Sharif right and that it would be delivered to him.
“It is unfortunate that a person who has been premier three times is denied national citizenship,” said the interior minister.
But the passport of Nawaz is not diplomatic but “ordinary”
Two weeks ago, the federal government gave instructions to the Ministry of the Interior to renew the passports of former Prime Minister and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
The government of Imran Khan refused to renew his passport after it expired in February of last year but the Minister of the Interior at the time, Sheikh Rasheed, had said that if the PML-N supremo wanted to come back, he could obtain a special certificate.
PML-N supremo secured an eight-week medical bail in October 2019, and a month later he was allowed to go overseas for treatment for four weeks, but he is still in London so far.
Khan had on several occasions reprimanded Nawaz for going abroad for treatment, but earlier in February, he noted that letting the PML-N supremo leave Pakistan was a “grave error” by his government.
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