ISLAMABAD: The federal authorities has requested the UK authorities for a 3rd time to ship again former premier and supreme chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif to serve out his sentence in a Pakistani jail, with the letter this time handed over personally to the British Excessive Commissioner in Islamabad, in keeping with sources.
The letter was handed over to the British diplomat some three weeks after Mr Sharif made a fiery speech on the opposition’s multiparty convention (MPC) via video hyperlink from London through which he criticised the navy institution over its alleged function in politics.
Via the letter, the Pakistan authorities has requested the British authorities to contemplate cancelling Mr Sharif’s go to visa, which has allowed him to stay in London on medical grounds since November.
The letter has cited Britain’s personal immigration legal guidelines of 1974 underneath which any individual sentenced to imprisonment of greater than 4 years needed to be deported to the nation of his/her origin.
When contacted, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Inside Shahzad Akbar confirmed that the federal government had made three requests to the UK authorities to deport Mr Sharif, with the final request made on Oct 5.
The earlier letter, he mentioned, had been dispatched after the cancellation of Mr Sharif’s bail by the Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) final month.
Mr Akbar mentioned within the newest letter his authorities had pointed to a attainable method out of the problem of “specific deportation” of the previous premier. “The ball is now in the court of British government,” he mentioned.
The IHC had on Sept 15 issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Mr Sharif within the Al Azizia reference whereas listening to three purposes filed by him, together with those about forgoing the requirement of his give up earlier than the court docket and exemption from private look.
The previous prime minister had left for the UK after the Lahore Excessive Courtroom granted him permission to go overseas for medical therapy. He had submitted an endeavor to the court docket that he would return inside 4 weeks or as quickly as he was declared wholesome and match to journey by docs.
Mr Sharif criticised the navy institution not simply on the MPC but additionally just lately on the Gujranwala rally of the opposition Pakistan Democratic Motion.
A day after that PML-N rally in Gujranwala, Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed a conference of his Tiger Pressure and declared he would get “even more tough” with the opposition and vowed to make all-out efforts to convey Mr Sharif again and ship him behind bars.
“Now I will try my best to bring you back and put you in a common prison, not a VIP one,” he mentioned.
Earlier, the APP information company reported that British newspaper the Monetary Occasions had partially revealed the content material of the letter despatched by Mr Akbar to Priti Patel, the UK house secretary.
The letter mentioned Ms Patel “is duty-bound” to deport Mr Sharif, to serve his jail sentence for corruption.
Within the letter Mr Akbar wrote that the previous prime minister was liable for pillaging the state. “I trust that you will be supportive of our efforts to bring those responsible for corruption to account.”
The letter to Ms Patel urged the British secretary to make use of her “extensive powers” to deport Mr Sharif, added the newspaper.
Printed in Daybreak, October 22nd, 2020