Pakistan PM Imran Khan said, allowing former premier Nawaz Sharif to leave the country was a mistake and his government regretted the decision.
Sharif was allowed to leave for London in November last year after the Lahore High Court granted him a four-week permission to go abroad for treatment.
In an interview, Imran said it was a mistake on his part to allow Sharif to leave Pakistan. He said his government regretted the decision to lift a ban on Sharif.
He said, now we feel embarrassed. He has started doing politics there as well and when you see him, it seems like there is nothing with him.
The Pakistan-based global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog FATF put Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a pan of action by the end of 2019, but the deadline was extended later due to Covid-19 pandemic.
If Pakistan failed to comply with the FATF directive by October, there is every possibility that the global body may put the country in the Black list along with North Korea and Iran.
In May, a fresh picture of Sharif having tea at a London café along with his family went viral on social media, sparking a debate on his health with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf members demanding his return to face corruption cases. In the picture, he was seen sitting at a roadside café with his granddaughters. he sported a blue shalwar kameez and a cap and apparently looked in better health.
The government came under criticism when last week Sharif’s photos surfaced, showing him a trolling in a street, prompting calls from within the ruling party to bring him back.
Imran Khan said that Sharif was diagnosed with an immune system disorder and his illness was discussed in the Cabinet and a decision was let him go for treatment.
He said the court had also observed that the government would be responsible if something happened to Sharif.
Sharif was diagnosed with complicated coronary artery/ischemic heart disease with significant disease burden.
The PM admitted that an Arab royal had asked the government to let Sharif leave, but refused to take a name citing, International Relations.
Sharif do have connections abroad. But the royal did not assert it, they said it in a very polite manner. ‘It was not like if you don’t to this, this will happen’, he said.
To a question about the rejection of the Senate, which is dominated by the Opposition, of two Financial Action Task Force (FATF) related bills, he said that if Pakistan was placed on the blacklist, the country would suffer the challenges faced by Iran.
he said, people talk about inflation now. If we are placed on the blacklist, we will experience inflation that would ruin our economy.