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Fawad says Shehbaz did not request DG FIA for removal from blacklist

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. Source: APP/File

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry. Source: APP/File

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said it is the prerogative of the Director-General of the Federal Investigation Agency (DG FIA) to put or remove a name from the blacklist while PML-N leader Shehbaz Sharif did not request the agency for removal from ECL.

On a social media website Twitter on Saturday, Fawad Chaudhry said Shehbaz Sharif’s counsels have not submitted an application to the DG FIA for removal of their client’s name from the blacklist citing the court order.

The federal minister said records are not changed by verbal orders only. He also announced to move court against the decision. 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif was barred from boarding a Doha-bound flight on Saturday and was offloaded from the aircraft.

The PML-N leader was granted “one-time” permission to fly abroad on medical grounds by the Lahore High Court and was set to depart for Qatar where he was expected to fly to London.

Shehbaz was scheduled to leave for Doha from the Lahore airport today onboard a foreign airline. After spending some days in quarantine, he was had planned to fly to London where he was to consult his doctors.

Shehbaz was even issued a boarding card by a foreign airline. However, when he arrived at the immigration counter, he was barred from boarding the plane. He informed the officials about the court for his one-time travel permit.

The immigration officials said the system has not been updated and Shehbaz Sharif’s name in still on the no-fly list and hence he cannot leave the country. The officials then gave him the offload form after which he left the airport

Several PML-N leaders including Ataullah Tarar, Uzma Bukhari and Marriyum Aurangzeb went to the airport to see off Shehbaz. The LHC had allowed Shehbaz to go abroad on medical grounds from May 8 to July 3.

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