Punjab govt sets up body to decide about Nawaz stay.


LAHORE -- The Punjab government has constituted a four-member committee to decide the request of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who sought to prolong his stay abroad for his medical treatment, claiming his condition to be 'very critical'.

Mr Sharif has written to the Punjab home secretary seeking extension in his stay abroad for his medical treatment (not limited to a specific period) following the end of his four-week permission for the purpose.

The provincial government constituted a four-member committee headed by Law Minister Mohammad Basharat Raja to look into the matter, a source told Dawn.

Mr Basharat was not available for a comment.

The ex-premier had left for London over a month ago after the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government gave him a one-time permission to travel abroad for medical treatment during his bail period of four weeks without the condition of submitting indemnity bonds. The Islamabad High Court had directed Mr Sharif to seek Punjab government's permission for further relief if required.

Ex-PM writes to home secretary seeking to prolong his stay abroad for medical treatment

It declared that until the provincial government decided the matter, the bail would remain in effect and the court order would cease to exist if the government decided against extending the bail period.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shahbaz Sharif had submitted an undertaking in the Lahore High Court (LHC) promising return of his elder brother Nawaz Sharif within four weeks or as and when 'certified by the doctors that he has regained his health and is fit to return to Pakistan'.

He had also undertaken to provide periodical reports of the doctors, duly certified by Pakistan's embassy in London, to the registrar of the LHC. The undertaking includes a clause that states that the Pakistan High...

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