LONDON: The newly-elected coalition government has issued a passport to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, following which he is now free to travel to Pakistan.
The passport was issued on an urgent basis under the ordinary category, citing sources within Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) London.
Talking to media, Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed the development saying Nawaz Sharif’s passport was issued two to three days ago.
On April 19, the newly appointed Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah announced that the government would issue a diplomatic passport to the former prime minister.
Nawaz’s passport had expired in February last year with the then interior minister Sheikh Rasheed saying that the document cannot be renewed since his name was on the no-fly list.
The PML-N leader was granted an eight-week bail for medical treatment in October 2019, and a month later, he was allowed to travel abroad for treatment for four weeks. However, he is still in London to date.
The former prime minister Imran Khan had termed the move a “major mistake” of his government as Nawaz, according to him, never went for any treatment.
Ishaq Dar, former finance minister, has also received his passport after he requested the renewal with Nawaz Sharif. His passport was blocked three and half years ago.