Nawaz Sharif’s passport to be cancelled on Feb 16: Sh Rashid
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad declared on Wednesday that the government is going to cancel the passport of three-time former prime minister and PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif on February 16, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, Sheikh Rashid said their doors for talks with the opposition are still open.
The interior minister said the opposition had been "exposed" as money launderers and people who obtained iqamas (work permits) because they were not honest with the country.
"Why did all these people use to take iqamas? If I as the interior minister obtain an iqama, it means there is something fishy and I don't have faith in my land," he said.
The minister said all the "thieves" got united when their wealth obtained through money laundering and corruption was exposed and claimed that they were being victimised.
Asked by a reporter "who is next" after PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif's arrest on Tuesday, Sheikh Rashid said it wasn't yet clear but added: "We will cancel Nawaz Sharif's passport on February 16."
Nawaz has been living in London since November last year after he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.
Earlier this month, the PML-N leader was declared a proclaimed offender in two cases — Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia — by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to appear before the court.
The same day, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar said that United Kingdom authorities had been asked to deport the convicted former prime minister from their country.
He said Pakistan had written a letter to the UK to cancel the visa of Nawaz which was issued for medical treatment after taking an undertaking.