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Nawaz rejects conditional permission to travel abroad

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday reportedly refused to go to the United Kingdom for medical treatment after the government asked the ailing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo to submit surety bonds in return for removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to sources, the former premier took the decision after a one-and-a-half hour meeting with his brother Shehbaz Sharif at Jati Umra.

The decision was also conveyed to the cabinet’s subcommittee late on Tuesday night by the PML-N representatives.

According to PML-N leader Atta Tarar, Nawaz had already submitted surety bonds in two separate courts and there was no need to submit more sureties to the government.

The subcommittee reserved its decision on the matter till Wednesday, giving the PML-N and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) time to submit their final responses on the matter.

Earlier in the day, a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the removal of Nawaz’s name from the no-fly list if he agrees to sign surety bonds that he would return after treatment from abroad.

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