Saturday May 08, 2021
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the inclusion and exclusion of someone’s name on the blacklist was the prerogative of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director-general.
In a tweet, the federal minister said the legal counsel of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif had given no application to the FIA DG for removal of his name from the list.
Chaudhry said that the record could not be changed by verbal statements. He said that the government will file an appeal in the court of law against this decision.
The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly was off-loaded from a flight leaving for Doha, Qatar early Saturday morning.
The PML-N leader was granted "one-time" permission to fly abroad on medical grounds by the Lahore High Court on Friday (May 7).
Shehbaz, who is a cancer patient, was scheduled to leave for Doha from the Lahore airport today onboard a foreign airline. After spending some days in quarantine in Doha, he had planned to fly to London where he was to consult his doctors.
As he showed up at the airport early this morning, the airline issued him a boarding card. However, when he arrived at the immigration counter, he was told he cannot board the plane. Shehbaz asked the officials the reason and told them about the court orders that allow him to travel abroad.