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Pakistan Approaches UK for Extradition of Nawaz Sharif after Declaring Him 'Absconder'

Pakistan Approaches UK for Extradition Nawaz Sharif of after Declaring Him  'Absconder'

Declaring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif an "absconder", the Imran Khan-led government has approached the UK government for his extradition, according to an official.

"The government is treating him (Sharif) as an absconder and has already sent a request to the British government to extradite him," Dawn News quoted adviser to the prime minster on accountability and interior Shahzad Akbar as saying while addressing a Press conference in Lahore on Saturday.

"His stroll on London roads is a slap in the face of the judiciary and the government cannot allow this.

"There is nothing personal in it: we are only trying to implement the law and fulfil its requirements," he added.

What Crime Did He Commit?

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader has challenged his conviction in Al Azizia case by a former judge of the Accountability Court Arshad Malik who on December 24, 2018 awarded him a 7-year sentence. The same judge had acquitted him in the Flagship Investment case on the same date.

In his appeal, the former prime minister has challenged the 7-year imprisonment in Al Azizia Steel Mills reference on the grounds that the NAB had failed to produce any substantial evidence against him.

On last month court in Lahore informed  that he is unable to return to the country as his doctors have told him not to go out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharif submitted his medical report to the Lahore High Court (LHC) through his counsel and said doctors have recommended him to avoid going outside due to the coronavirus as he has low platelet counts, diabetes, heart, kidney and blood pressure related problems.

The 70-year-old three-time premier is currently in London for treatment after he was diagnosed with an immune system disorder.He left for the UK in November last year after the Lahore High Court granted him four-week permission to go abroad for treatment.

Akbar said the government would request the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to pursue Sharif's extradition as well and it was also looking into legalities of guarantees of Shahbaz Sharif, who was supposed to escort his elder brother back to Pakistan after his medical treatment.

His comments came after a new picture was shared on social media which shows Sharif walking on the streets of London with his son, Hassan Nawaz holding an umbrella.

Akbar alleged that ex-premier submitted fake lab reports The adviser said that on October 29 last year the court granted Sharif eight-week bail for treatment within Pakistan and on November 16, he got a four-week permission to travel abroad for treatment.

He said that the former prime minister was supposed to keep the court and the Punjab government updated about his treatment by sharing the details of the process of his treatment and test reports which he did not do.

He said that Sharif applied to the Punjab government for bail extension on February 19.

"A medical board was constituted which sought details of medical procedures being done and test reports of Sharif, but nothing was shared," he said.

He said that the law ministry, NAB and the prison department were informed about the bail expiry and rejection of its extension when the medical board got nothing as evidence document.

He said the UK government was also informed about the development on March 2 with a request for his extradition.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz had said her father was a high-risk patient therefore his cardiac catheterisation/coronary intervention had been postponed owing to COVID-19.

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