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UK govt refuses to ship again Nawaz Sharif on foundation of court docket order

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  • UK govt says Pakistan and UK should not have an extradition settlement.
  • FCO explains causes for not appearing on Pakistani court docket orders. 
  • British MP Stephen Timms had requested the UK PM concerning the matter on behalf of a constituent

LONDON: The British authorities has mentioned that it can’t take motion in opposition to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on the idea of the non-bailable arrest warrants shared with the UK authorities by the Pakistan Excessive Fee in London.

The International, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace’s Pakistan and Afghan Division mentioned this in response to a letter despatched to Prime Minister Boris Johnson by Labour MP Stephen Timms, on behalf of a Pakistani constituent.

“We’re conscious that Mr Sharif is within the UK. The UK legislation units out clearly and publicly what the Authorities can and can’t do on immigration issues, we act strictly in accordance with the principles in all sides,” said the FCO’s Pakistan section, in a letter.

“Mr Sharif’s status under Pakistani laws is a matter for the Pakistan government and legal system. As such, the non-bailable arrest warrants which have been served by the Pakistan High Commission in London have no legal bearing on his current status in the UK. The UK police cannot arrest someone in the UK on the basis of non-UK court orders,” said the letter.

The FCO clarified to the MP that both the countries do not currently have an extradition agreement but did acknowledge that such actions have been taken in the past. 

Read more: UK to decide on Nawaz extradition to Pakistan: PM Imran Khan’s aide

“If any extradition request have been to be submitted by the correct channels it might be thought of according to the UK legal guidelines,” mentioned the FCO.

Alternatively, a supply at UK PM Boris Johnson’s Workplace mentioned that it acquired a letter from Mr Stephen Timms MP and forwarded it to the FCO to deal with the problem.

The supply mentioned that the PM was unable to behave on this matter and had no authority and the FCO was the suitable discussion board to cope with such issues.

Responding to a query, Stephen Timms MP mentioned: “I wrote to the Prime Minister about this, on behalf of a constituent, to ask what the Government’s approach was.”

Learn extra: UK refuses to assist Pakistani govt execute Nawaz Sharif’s arrest warrants

Stephen Timms had written to 10 Downing Avenue on 6 December 2020 asking PM Boris Johnson if any preparations have been made to ship again Nawaz Sharif, ex-premier of Pakistan, on behalf of British Pakistani Khalid Lodhi.

The British MP in his letter had mentioned that the UK was certain to ship again the ex-prime minister of Pakistan.

Khalid Lodhi instructed this reporter that he had additionally written a letter to British House Minister Priti Patel informing that Mr Sharif has been “convicted in Pakistan”, had “absconded” and needs to be despatched again “immediately”.

The letter mentioned that Nawaz Sharif got here to London for his medical therapy and has now stayed within the UK for greater than a 12 months and the UK authorities ought to ship him again to Pakistan.

The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom declared on December 02 former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender within the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references.


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