Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK Muhammad Nafees Zakaria has written a letter to the British government regarding the extradition of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, Shehzad Akbar, Advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Home Affairs, confirmed that the government of Pakistan has initiated necessary legal action for the extradition of Nawaz Sharif. According to Imran Khan's adviser, the letter regarding Nawaz Sharif's extradition was written on March 2 this year.
Shehzad Akbar did not say in his press conference whether any reply had been received from the British government to the letter written in March.
It may be recalled that Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a member of Imran Khan's cabinet, told the media that Nawaz Sharif's repatriation is a difficult task. So far, we have not been able to bring former finance minister Ishaq dar back to to pakistan. How can Sharif's return be possible? Imran Khan's adviser Shehzad Akbar said without mentioning the legal complications related to extradition That the government has decided to start the process of bringing Nawaz Sharif back to Pakistan from the UK through the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). It may be recalled that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years by a NAB court in the Azizia Mills reference. Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz released a video of judge Arshad Malik, In which, he was telling Nasir Butt, a PML-N activist, about the pressure to punish Nawaz Sharif in the Panama References. The judge also admitted to meeting the former prime minister at his residence after sentencing, after which he was sacked by the high court for misconduct. The Islamabad High Court will now hear Nawaz Sharif's appeal against the sentence in the Azizia reference on September 1. Nawaz Sharif's lawyers say the judge sentenced him under duress, which he later admitted. Shehzad Akbar did not elaborate on what legal action NAB has taken so far regarding Nawaz Sharif's return from the UK, but said that Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK had also sent a letter along with the Punjab government's medical board decision Under which Nawaz Sharif's bail application has been rejected. Shehzad Akbar says the UK has been told that this is not a pending case but that the former prime minister has been convicted by a court while he was on bail on medical grounds is also over.
According to him, in the eyes of the law, Nawaz Sharif is now a fugitive because his bail has expired with the courts and the government.