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Can Cancel Only Nawaz Sharif’s Passport as There’s No Extradition Treaty with UK, Says Pak Minister

File photograph Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister and chief of Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated the Imran Khan authorities is exploring all prospects to convey again former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from the UK.

  • PTI Peshawar
  • Last Updated: January 01, 2021, 20:08 IST
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Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday stated the federal government is exploring all prospects to convey again former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from the UK, however it will possibly solely cancel his passport now as there is no such thing as a extradition treaty between the 2 international locations. Ahmed on Wednesday had stated the federal government will cancel the passport of Sharif on February 16.

Sharif, 70, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, has been residing in London since November final 12 months after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go overseas for 4 weeks for remedy. The three-time former prime minister, who was convicted in two corruption circumstances — Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia — was declared a proclaimed offender in December by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to look earlier than it regardless of a number of warnings.

Addressing a press convention right here on Wednesday, Ahmed stated the federal government will discover all prospects to convey again Sharif to Pakistan. However, since Pakistan at the moment has no extradition treaty with Britain, his ministry can solely cancel Sharif’s passport as soon as it’s expired, he stated. Ahmed stated the PML-N chief’s passport will expire on February 16 and it’ll not be renewed.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in October had stated that he would contact his British counterpart Boris Johnson, if wanted, to debate Sharif’s deportation. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior, Mirza Shahzad Akbar, on Wednesday stated Pakistan had requested the British authorities to deport Sharif who was convicted by the courts.

Sharif resigned as Pakistan prime minister in 2017 after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public workplace and dominated that graft circumstances be filed in opposition to the beleaguered chief over the Panama Papers scandal.

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