Govt not to challenge LHC verdict on Nawaz’s travel

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Staff Report
Islamabad
Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem on Tuesday said that the government had decided for the time being not to challenge the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict allowing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for medical treatment without furnishing indemnity bonds.
According to media reports, in the meeting of the federal cabinet, the prime minister said that the government is not in favour of challenging the high court’s verdict in the Supreme Court.
“We have always respected the courts, we said earlier as well that will accept the court’s decision wholly,” he said.
PM Imran further said that the court has taken an undertaking from the former prime minister and it is hoped that he will come back to Pakistan within the stated time after getting his medical treatment.
Farogh Naseem, who was holding a press conference along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan following the federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad, said “the Lahore High Court had announced an interim verdict and as per the precedent there is 99% chance that the Supreme Court will not entertain appeal against the interim verdict.”
“Hence, there is no point of challenging the court’s decision,” he added.
The law minister also announced that the option of challenging the verdict is still “intact” and can be challenged in the apex court only after going through the detailed verdict, which will be issued after the court concludes the hearing.
“The case has been fixed for January for hearing and the government will present the its reasoning on indemnity bonds before the Lahore High Court and subsequently decide to go in appeal after going through final judgement,” Naseem said.
He said that Shehbaz could be held in contempt of court if Nawaz did not return to the country as he had promised in the undertaking that had been given in court.
He also reiterated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had no personal grudges against the PML-N supremo, saying that the government’s only objective was to make an accountability process across the board.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Prime Minister updated the cabinet on improving economic indicators of the country.
PM Khan during the meeting said for the first time the current account deficit has decreased in the country due to measures taken by the government’s economic team.
The Prime Minister directed all ministries and departments to accelerate efforts in the implementation of people-friendly policies of the government.
The cabinet discussed the issue of appointments at 134 vacant senior posts in various ministries and departments.