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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Will UK deport convicted Nawaz Sharif?

“The UK government should work constructively with democratic countries such as Pakistan to uphold the rule of law. Action should also be taken to seize and return illicit assets held here in Britain in order to deliver justice for the victims of corruption, said the head of Transparency International UK.

The government of Pakistan has requested the United Kingdom to deport Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister. According to details, the government of Pakistan has intensified its efforts to bring back former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Interior Adviser Shehzad Akbar wrote a letter to the British Home Secretary requesting deportation of the looter Nawaz Sharif.

On the other hand, Daniel Bruce, head of Transparency International UK has said that “foreign politicians with convictions relating to corruption should not enjoy impunity in Britain. Nor should their unexplained wealth, stashed in luxury London properties, fall out of the reach of law enforcement”.

“The UK government should work constructively with democratic countries such as Pakistan to uphold the rule of law. Action should also be taken to seize and return illicit assets held here in Britain in order to deliver justice for the victims of corruption. Failure to act on cases such as this, earns the UK an unwelcome reputation as a safe haven for dirty money,” he added.

Is Pakistan serious to bring Nawaz back?

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that the government is likely to bring Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister, back to Pakistan till January. He was speaking to the Capital TV’s Murtaza Darr. “Nawaz is a convicted criminal and we are confident that the British government will cooperate with us,” he added.

Notably, after Nawaz’s controversial speeches, the incumbent government has announced to bring him back. “I’ll see you when you come back to Pakistan,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said while addressing a convention of Tiger Force in Islamabad.

At the state of this month, Fawad also said that Nawaz Sharif will go back to jail as he returns. PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah reacted to Chaudhry’s statement that said that Nawaz went abroad due to illness, adding that there are relevant statements on the matter by the medical board and government officials.

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There is a growing perception that Nawaz Sharif went to London after signing a deal with the establishment. Those who suspect a deal point towards the past. If the history of Pakistan is any witness to help then it may be true. No politically powerful person in Pakistan’s history has ever been punished in a court of law; convictions even if obtained in lower courts are almost always overturned by superior courts. The system simply does not have the will to punish powerful people- they argue.