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Govt cancels diplomatic passports of Imran Khan’s 10 cabinet members

ISLAMABAD: The diplomatic passports of 10 members of former prime minister Imran Khan’s cabinet have been cancelled more than a year after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was ousted, it emerged on Saturday.

A notification issued by the director general of immigration and passports on May 24 said that the authorities have decided to “cancel and inactivate” the passports of nine Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders and Awami Muslim League chief as they were no longer “entitled” to hold diplomatic passports.

The PTI leaders whose passports have been cancelled include Aon Abbas Bappi, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Pervez Khan Khattak, Ali Amin Gandapur, Ali Muhammad Khan, Farrukh Habib, Zartaj Gul, Azam Khan Swati and AML Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

All these politicians were part of Imran Khan’s cabinet when he was in power from 2018-2022.

Reacting to the revocation of the diplomatic passport, AML chief claimed that he had been a federal minister for 16 times and was “corruption-free”. “I did not run away from the country like Zardari, Nawaz [and] Dar but today my citizenship, passport has been cancelled,” claimed Sheikhs Rashid.