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BEIJING, May 15, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks at the Leaders' Roundtable Summit of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation at Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in Beijing, capital of China, May 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang/IANS) by .
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang/IANS)

Declaring former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif an “absconder”, the incumbent Imran Khan-led government has approached the UK government for his extradition, according to an official.

“The government is treating him (Sharif) as an absconder and has already sent a request to the British government to extradite him,” Dawn news quoted Adviser to the Prime Minster on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar as saying said while addressing a press conference in Lahore on Saturday.

“His stroll on London roads is a slap in the face of the judiciary and the government cannot allow this.

“There is nothing personal in it: we are only trying to implement the law and fulfil its requirements,” he added.

Akbar further said that the government would request the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to pursue Sharif’s extradition as well and it was also looking into legalities of guarantees of Shahbaz Sharif, who was supposed to escort his elder brother back to Pakistan after his medical treatment.

On October 29, 2019 the Lahore High Court granted the former leader an eight-week bail for treatment within Pakistan and on November 16, he got a four-week permission to travel abroad for treatment.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Islmabad airport. by .
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at Islmabad airport.

According to Akbar, Nawaz Sharif was supposed to keep the court and the Punjab government updated about his treatment by sharing the details of the process of his treatment and test reports which he did not.

He said the UK government was also informed about the development on March 2 with a request for Sharif’s extradition.

Earlier Sharifs cardiac surgery was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his daughter Maryam Nawaz has said.

Maryam said: “The surgery of Nawaz Sharif has been postponed because of coronavirus. Doctors say Mian sahib is a high-risk patient and all precautions have to be observed. His treatment continues and he needs your prayers.”

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