Nawaz Sharif set for return to Pakistan, gets new passport

Islamabad:

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been issued a passport to return home from the United Kingdom (UK) where he has been undergoing treatment.

The 72-year-old Nawaz Sharif has been the Prime Minister of Pakistan thrice. Several corruption cases were initiated against him by the government of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Nawaz Sharif had left for London in November 2019 after the Lahore High Court allowed him to go abroad for four weeks for treatment.

Shehbaz Sharif government issued passport

‘The Express Tribune’ reported that Nawaz Sharif has been issued a passport by the new government headed by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif. 

Last year, Nawaz Sharif’s passport had expired and was never renewed by the then Imran Khan-led Pakistan government, making it impossible for him to leave London. 

Geo News reported that the passport issued to Nawaz Sharif is “ordinary” in nature and has been made in the “urgent” category.

New passport has a validity of 10 years

The passport was issued in Islamabad on April 23, 2022. The Express Tribune reported that according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the former Prime Minister has been issued a passport with a validity of 10 years. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said that the diplomatic passport is the right of Nawaz Sharif and he will be issued soon. 

Rana had said, “It is unfortunate that a person who has been prime minister thrice is being denied national citizenship.”

Nawaz Sharif met Bilawal Bhutto in London

Nawaz Sharif is a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). He had met Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in London last week and discussed the “overall political situation” in Pakistan. 

Both leaders had resolved to work together on many issues related to politics and national interest. Nawaz had given an undertaking to the Lahore High Court to return to Pakistan before leaving for the UK in 2019. He was also granted bail in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case, in which he was serving a seven-year prison term in Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

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