Mystery behind Sharifs missing passport resolved

November 26th, 2007 - 6:56 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Nov 26 (ANI): The mystery behind Nawaz Sharifs missing passport, which almost sent the former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to jail, was resolved on Sunday when the PML-N leader returned from his exile on the same passport.
When Sharif had attempted to return on September 10, his passport had become a major source of concern as he refused to hand it over to the authorities.
The Supreme Court, hearing a contempt petition, demanded that the passport be produced.
An eyewitness to the passport episode, who travelled with Sharif on September 10 from London to Islamabad, said it was evident that Sharif refused to hand over the document, because he feared foul play.
Sharif handed over the passport to a friend who slipped it out of the airport and sent it back to London.
When the contempt case was filed in the Supreme Court, the furious judges demanded that the passport to be produced or they would convict and sentence the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
Security agencies arrested many PML-N workers and associates of Sharif to locate the passport, but it could not be found.
Most of those arrested faced torture and harassment, but they could not produce the passport, as it was not there.
When Sharif was deported to Jeddah, a complicated situation arose, as he had no passport. The Saudi authorities had to allow him special permission to enter the Saudi Kingdom without a travel document.
The previous Supreme Court was all set to make history by calling the Prime Minister and other top officials to court, but the declaration of the emergency on November 3 saved them, The News reported.
The passport mystery was no longer relevant. On Sunday, Nawaz Sharif used the same document to return to Pakistan after seven years in exile. (ANI)

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