Federal cabinet decides to bring Nawaz Sharif back

By: News Desk      Published: 04:41 PM, 25 Aug, 2020
Federal cabinet decides to bring Nawaz Sharif back
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The federal cabinet on Tuesday decided to work for bringing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif back to the country, saying he should face the cases filed against him.

As Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting, there was a complete agreement among the participants who said he was a criminal in the eyes of law.

Imran said he would not succumb to any blackmailing and added that bringing Nawaz back was a responsibility of the government. Nawaz must return immediately, said the prime minister who directed the cabinet members to look into various legal aspects.

Sources said Federal Minister Faisal Vawda was of the view that Maryam Nawaz should have been arrested over the incident outside the NAB office in Lahore.

The remarks came as the political activities of Maryam were also discussed in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the participants also expressed their anger over the words used by former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the National Assembly the other day.

The decision came as Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid – in complete contrast to what the top government members have been claiming during the last 24 hours – last week said it was difficult to bring the PML-N supremo back to the country.

“We haven’t been able to bring back Ishaq Dar and Salman Shehbaz. How can we bring back Nawaz Sharif,” Sheikh told media persons in Lahore.

Repeating his much-repeated stance, the railways minister remarked that Prime Minister Imran Khan could do anything but he won’t give NRO to anyone. Imran was regretting that Nawaz was able to go abroad, he added.

Interestingly, in a TV interview, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that proper voting was carried out in the Federal Cabinet meeting to allow Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment.

The minister said that the decision to permit Nawaz Sharif to leave the country was taken by keeping in view the situation.

Nawaz Sharif was convicted in a corruption case and Federal Cabinet had to

take decision carefully in this regard as the medical reports showed that

his medical treatment was impossible in the country, he added.

Fawad stated that the court had replaced the guarantee of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif with the surety bonds for the return of Nawaz Sharif.

He further asked the opposition not to do politics over the health of Nawaz Sharif, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had always stood by the supremacy of law for the strengthening of the judiciary.

Fawad said it was clear that the opposition parties do not have any welfare agenda, adding that they are spreading anarchy and hatching conspiracies to divide the nation. "Our country demands unity among all of us as undemocratic conduct was only damaging the country", he said.