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Pakistan to request the British government to deport Nawaz Sharif

Supporters of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) gather around a vehicle, covered with rose petals, carrying the ailing former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif as he travels to Lahore airport prior to his departure for abroad for medical treatment, in Lahore on November 19, 2019. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Pramod Thomas

PAKISTAN will request the British government to deport former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as he is an “absconder”.

“The government has decided in principle to write a letter this week to the British government, seeking deportation of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, as he is an absconder not fulfilling the terms and conditions of the bail granted to him on medical grounds,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan said.

She said Sharif had gone to London on November 19, 2019, for his treatment but was yet to be admitted to a hospital there, indicating that “it was a fixed match played by him, his party and a section of the media on his health”, paving the way for his departure to London.

Awan claimed that Sharif and his younger brother Shahbaz had gone to London to protect the businesses of their children.

“Nawaz faked his health condition,” she alleged.

However, the PML-N secretary general Ahsan Iqbal said the three-time premier will challenge the government’s decision not to give him extension in his stay abroad in the court shortly.

The PML-N Punjab information secretary Azma Bokhari said that if Pakistan wrote to the British government for Sharif’s deportation, the PML-N would also write to the US government seeking opening of a case against Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding his (“illegitimate”) child.

Last week, the Punjab government had refused to extend Sharif’s bail, declaring that it had found no “legal, moral or medical ground” necessitating an extension in his stay abroad.

The Lahore High Court had, in October last year, granted bail to Sharif on medical grounds for four weeks, allowing the Punjab government to extend it further in the light of his medical reports.

The Islamabad High Court had also granted bail to Sharif in the Al Azizia Mills corruption case, in which the former prime minister was serving a seven-year jail term, clearing his way to travel abroad for medical treatment.

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