Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, proper, leaves Kot Lakhpat jail after his launch, in Lahore, on March 27, 2019. — AFP

A request to British authorities by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for an extension in his visa was denied, Geo Information reported on Thursday.

Nawaz’s six-month go to visa had expired, after which he had put in a request with the UK House Workplace to grant him an extension on well being grounds.

The immigration division, nevertheless, denied the request.

Nawaz now has two choices: to attraction the choice with the division, and within the occasion it’s turned down, he can strategy British courts.

The Sharif household confirmed the event, with Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz saying the choice will probably be appealed.

‘Nawaz can’t journey wherever together with his expired passport’

In the meantime, Minister for Inside Sheikh Rasheed stated that Nawaz’s passport — a diplomat passport owing to him being a former prime minister — had expired on February 16 and that he’s “not a citizen of Pakistan”.

He stated after the expiry, Nawaz had not utilized for a renewal.

“If Nawaz Sharif needs to come back to Pakistan, he can acquire a passport inside 24 hours,” he stated.

He stated the embassy can solely challenge a passport for his return to Pakistan.

Rasheed stated that Pakistan has been attempting to deliver Nawaz again for some time however is unable to take action.

“Solely Nawaz is aware of whether or not or not he needs to come back again,” he remarked.

The inside minister stated that Nawaz can’t journey wherever together with his expired Pakistani passport.

Nawaz’s attorneys file attraction at immigration tribunal

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb informed Geo Information that the British residence division acknowledged of their response that Nawaz can attraction the choice with an immigration tribunal.

She stated Nawaz’s attorneys had subsequently filed an attraction with the tribunal, which embrace his medical information.

Marriyum stated that till the tribunal comes to a decision, the house division’s orders will stay ineffective.

“Nawaz Sharif can legally reside in Britain till the choice,” she stated.

The PML-N spokesperson clarified that Nawaz “has not and can by no means search political asylum”.

“These folks don’t have anything higher than to do than to talk lies about Nawaz Sharif day-after-day,” she stated.

Nawaz speaks to Shahbaz

Later, the PML-N supremo and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif spoke, the place Nawaz knowledgeable his youthful brother that his attorneys had filed an attraction in opposition to the choice, in line with a press release by the get together on Twitter.

Within the attraction, the attorneys have made Nawaz’s well being the grounds for his keep in the UK, the assertion stated.

Shahbaz urged Nawaz to stay in Britain until he recovers and informed him that the nation and get together maintain his security and well being above every thing else, the assertion stated.

“Your entire nation and get together are praying in your restoration,” Shahbaz informed Nawaz.

‘Both you come back the cash otherwise you go to jail’

Federal Minister for Info and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, reacting to the event, stated the previous prime minister solely has a few choices left.

The primary is that he can go to the Pakistani embassy, the place he will probably be supplied with short-term journey paperwork, by way of which he can journey again to Pakistan and reply for the crimes he has been charged with, stated Chaudhry.

The second possibility is that he can problem the choice — “and he doesn’t have any grounds for that as he isn’t sick,” the minister stated.

“We have now seen him [in videos] strolling in London, and eating out in eating places. He’ll now deceive British courts of his illness. He would possibly even get sentenced for mendacity,” Chaudhry stated.

He stated that in his opinion, Nawaz ought to come again to Pakistan by acquiring short-term journey paperwork and face the fees in opposition to him within the nation’s courts. He stated that Pakistan had requested the British authorities to not enable anybody to remain on that “was concerned in corruption value billions of rupees”.

“Imran Khan and PTI haven’t any private enmity with Nawaz. The one challenge we now have is that he laundered billions of rupees overseas and is now an absconder,” the minister stated.

He stated the “laundered cash” must be introduced again to Pakistan, and that if Nawaz returns the cash, “he can come again and stay at his residence within the nation”.

“It’s easy: Both you come back the cash otherwise you go to jail.”

Nawaz’s convictions

Accountability court docket decide Mohammad Bashir had on July 6, 2018, convicted Nawaz within the Avenfield reference and sentenced him to 10 years in jail.

Nonetheless, on September 19, 2018, an Islamabad Excessive Court docket bench comprising Chief Justice Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb suspended the sentence within the reference.

In the meantime, accountability decide Mohammad Arshad Malik had on Dec 24, 2018 convicted Sharif within the Al Azizia reference and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment, apart from imposing fines of Rs1.5 billion and $25 million.

On October 29, 2019, after Nawaz was stated by his docs to be affected by sophisticated cardiac illness and an immune system dysfunction that resulted in a dangerously low platelet rely, his sentence within the Al Azizia reference was suspended by a two-member bench of the IHC comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, for eight weeks on medical grounds.

The excessive court docket ordered that if Sharif’s situation doesn’t enhance in eight weeks, then the Punjab provincial authorities must be approached for a bail extension.

Nawaz reached London on November 19, 2019, the place he has remained since.

The Punjab authorities turned down the request for an extension within the suspension of his sentence in view of his indisposition and therefore the suspension and Sharif’s bail lapsed on February 27, 2020.

He was acquitted in a joint reference with the Al Azizia reference — the Flagship funding reference.

On June 24, the IHC dismissed Nawaz’s pleas in opposition to the Al Azizia and Avenfield sentences owing to his continued disappearance from court docket.

The judgment noticed that if Nawaz returns or is caught by the authorities, an utility for a renewal of appeals might be filed.

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