Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Wednesday that the government was going to cancel the passports of three-time former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif on February 16. It was reported by 24 News HD TV channel.
Talking to reporters in Islamabad, Sheikh Rashid said that their doors were still open for talks with the opposition.
The interior minister said the opposition had been “exposed” as money launderers and work permit holders because they were not honest with the country.
“Why did all these people use it to get a residence? If I get a residence as Home Minister, it means something is wrong and I don’t believe in my homeland,” he said.
The minister said that when their wealth was obtained through money laundering and corruption, all the “thieves” united and claimed that they were being hunted.
Asked by a reporter “who is next” after the arrest of senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif on Tuesday, Sheikh Rashid said it was not yet clear, but added: Sharif’s passport will be canceled.
Nawaz had been living in London since November last year after being allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.
Earlier this month, the PML-N leader was found guilty in two cases – Avinfield Properties and Azizia – after failing to appear in court by the Islamabad High Court.
On the same day, Mirza Shehzad Akbar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Home Affairs, said that the British authorities had been asked to deport the convicted former Prime Minister.
He said Pakistan had written a letter to the UK seeking cancellation of Nawaz’s visa, which was issued for medical treatment.
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