On Wednesday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced the cancellation of the PML-N supremo and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s passport on 16 February.
Speaking to Islamabad reporters, he said the opposition was “exposed” as money launderers and citizens who got iqamas because they were not fair with the government.
Since last year, Nawaz has been staying in London since being allowed to leave the country for medical care purposes.
Earlier this month, Transparency and Home Affairs Advisor Mirza Shahzad Akbar said that the authorities of the United Kingdom had been ordered to remove the imprisoned former Prime Minister from their country.
He said Pakistan wrote a letter to the United Kingdom to revoke Nawaz’s visa, which was released after taking an undertaking for medical attention.
Last month, a highly placed source in the United Kingdom told Dawn that a top Pakistani official met his British counterpart in October to communicate that Nawaz is “no longer a soft issue” between the United Kingdom and Pakistan and that failure to deport him could lead to strained relations between the nations.
In October, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he would meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss his expulsion if necessary, and on October 5, his advisor Akbar wrote a letter to British Home Secretary Priti Patel asking her to evict the former Prime Minister, who he said was “responsible for pillaging the state.”