LHC orders to remove Nawaz Sharif’s name from ECL

LHC orders to remove Nawaz Sharif’s name from ECL

Lahore (Staff Report/Agencies): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday ordered to remove former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) without any conditions.

The court allowed Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment, saying the duration could be extended upon doctors' recommendation.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Sardar Ahmad Naeem, heard the petition challenging the government's condition of furnishing indemnity bonds in order to secure the removal of ailing Nawaz's name from the ECL.

Earlier the day, Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif submitted written undertaking before the LHC, assuring former prime minister’s return to Pakistan.

The court directed Nawaz and his brother Shehbaz to submit a written undertaking about the former PM's travel abroad for medical treatment.

“As soon as doctors abroad permit [Nawaz to return], he will come back to the country without wasting a moment,” said the handwritten undertaking submitted by the PML-N legal team to the court.

"Nawaz Sharif will return and face the cases against him in court," it added.

The two-page document pointed out the former premier was leaving the country on the "recommendations of Pakistani doctors".