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Govt challenges LHC order to remove Shehbaz's name from blacklist in SC

Govt challenges LHC order to remove Shehbaz's name from blacklist in SC
May 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The federal government on Monday has challenged the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) order of excluding the name of PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif from the blacklist in the Supreme Court (SC).

The federal government moved an appeal in the apex court under Article 185 of the country’s constitution. The government challenged the LHC's May 7 order of granting one-time permission to Shehbaz Sharif to travel abroad in the SC.

In the petition, government has argued that how the honorable judge of the LHC could allow abroad travel without issuing notices to concerned departments. The petition asks the apex court to suspend the LHC order of May 07 and allow the government to appeal against the decision.

Assailing the LHC decision to allow Shehbaz to travel abroad on medical grounds, the appellant requested the top court to suspend it. The court was further pleaded to declare the order void.

It said that the LHC decision cannot be sustained in the eyes of law as the high court permitted the opposition leader without seeking any reply or report from the relevant authorities.

“The court cannot hand a unilateral decision of allowing someone to fly out of the country,” the appeal argues.

On May 7, the Lahore High Court (LHC) allowed Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif to go abroad once for medical check-up. 

Earlier, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed has said that the name of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has not been added to the Exit Control List (ECL).

In a video message on Saturday, he said that a summary regarding inclusion of Shehbaz Sharif's name in the ECL had been sent to the cabinet, which is likely to be received by the Interior Ministry on Monday or Tuesday.

He said that 14 accused involved in the case are already on the ECL. "Five members of the Sharif family are already on the ECL. Shehbaz Sharif is the guarantor of Nawaz Sharif," he added.

The minister said that the Pak Army, the NCOC and the police had shown responsibility and implemented the SOPs. "The coronavirus cases have started decreasing in the country. I salute all institutions of the country," he maintained.