Nawaz Sharif’s passport will be cancelled on Feb 16: Pak minister

Lahore: The Pakistan government has said that it will cancel the passport of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on February 16. “(We) will cancel Nawaz Sharif’s passport on February 16,” Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters here in response to a query.

Nawaz Sharif, 70, the chief of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and has been living in London since November, 2019 after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.

The three-time former prime minister, who was convicted in two corruption cases — Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia — was declared a proclaimed offender earlier this month by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to appear before it despite several warnings.

Sharif resigned as Pakistan prime minister in 2017 after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office and ruled that graft cases be filed against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.