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Firdous Ashiq Awan offloaded from plane for using blue passport ‘illegally’

ISLAMABAD: PTI leader Firdous Ashiq Awan was offloaded from a Dubai-bound flight for using a blue passport “illegally”

According to sources within Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Awan was flying to UAE from Islamabad International Airport via a private airline.

The official blue passport allows entry to some 70 countries around the world without the formality of a visa and only government employees and lawmakers are authorised to carry it.

Firdous Ashiq Awan, who was a special assistant to Punjab chief minister during the Usman Buzdar government, was offloaded from the plane for using the official passport for travelling.

According to FIA officials, the blue passport cannot be used without having any official status and has to be returned after quitting the government office.

They said that Awan had not returned the passport.

She was told by the immigration officials that she can not travel on this passport.

Meanwhile, Awan has denied reports that she was escaping to Canada and said that according to the law, after being an MNA once, it is permissible to hold a blue passport and referred to a NA law regarding the matter.

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