Pakistan’s Interior Ministry rejected on Tuesday last week’s request by anti-corruption authorities to impose a travel ban on former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members.
The National Accountability Bureau, NAB, requested the measure to be taken against the ousted premier, his daughter and his son-in-law because their trial is about to end and they could consider fleeing.
But the Ministry replied by asking the NAB to first provide valid evidence against the Sharifs before the travel ban can be considered.
State Minister for Interior, Talal Chaudhry, said that according to the Constitution, nobody can be barred from leaving the country without a reason.
He also noted that Sharif had attended all of the court hearings and if fleeing would had been an issue, the court would had ordered the travel ban.
In July last year the Supreme Court ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif after an investigation – prompted by the