Pakistan announced today that it will cancel former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s passport on February 16.
Nawaz Sharif, 70, head of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), has lived in London since November 2019 after the Lahore Supreme Court gave him permission to go abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.
The three-time former prime minister, convicted on two corruption cases – Avenfield Properties and Al-Azizia – was declared a criminal by the Islamabad Supreme Court earlier this month after failing to appear before him despite several warnings.
“(We) will cancel Nawaz Sharif’s passport on February 16,” Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters in Islamabad.
However, he did not provide any further information.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Accountability and Home Affairs Advisor Mirza Shahzad Akbar said Pakistan had asked the UK authorities to deport Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted by the courts.
Pakistan does not currently have an extradition treaty with the UK.
Prime Minister Imran Khan announced in October that he would turn to his British counterpart Boris Johnson to discuss the deportation of Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif resigned as Pakistani Prime Minister in 2017 after the Supreme Court banned him from public office and ruled that transplant proceedings should be instituted against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal.
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