Minister for Planning Asad Umar has claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan did consult with the federal cabinet before allowing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to leave Pakistan for London to get medical treatment, and the decision was not imposed by some ‘external force’.
The Minister sought to expound on his previous comment in which he stated that the decision to permit Sharif’s flight abroad had been “100 per cent taken solely by Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
Instead, the minister explained that what he meant was that the prime minister was not under any undue force or external pressure, but had reached the decision following discussion and consensus from federal cabinet ministers.
Umar said that while the decision was ultimately taken by Imran Khan as prime minister, it was not his conclusion alone.
“There was consultation and was finally decided in cabinet. No external force imposed it on us, hence I said decided by PM. I also voted to let him go,” he affirmed, also admitting that the decision had been made on fake medical documents.
In 2019, Nawaz Sharif requested permission to fly abroad for medical treatment, despite his conviction for corruption in the accountability court. He flew to London in November of that year.
The court had allowed Sharif four-weeks reprieve abroad, but two years later, the former prime minister remains in the United Kingdom.