Pakistan is unable to execute Nawaz Sharif’s arrest warrant in London

Pakistan is unable to execute Nawaz Sharif’s arrest warrant in London

Former Prime Minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is addressing a meeting of the PML-N working committee on October 1, 2020 via video link from London. – YouTube (Hum News Live)

LONDON: The Pakistan High Commission has failed to execute Nawaz Sharif’s non-bailable arrest warrant at Avinfield House almost a month after it was issued – and the British government has warned Pakistani officials that it will not be involved. ۔ Case.

Sources inside the Pakistan High Commission told The News that five attempts have been made so far to sign arrest warrants for the Avonfield flats and provide them, but to no avail as neither Nawaz Sharif nor Nor has any member of the Sharif family signed it. Official papers.

High Commission sources said that its staff members have visited the property to welcome them but they are unable to meet any family members.

The latest visit was made on Thursday afternoon by two officials who stayed on Dunrone Street for about ten minutes and left without even reaching the reception.

Former Prime Minister Hassan Nawaz was addressing a meeting of his party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) about five minutes away from his office.

Pakistani diplomats also sought help from the British government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to execute the arrest warrant, but the British government flatly refused, informing Pakistani officials that The British government will not interfere in the internal political affairs of the country.

Sources said that the UK had informed Pakistani officials that it was not its job to obtain an execution warrant and that it did not have a mandate to enforce the warrant.

The powers of the Pakistan High Commission are limited. It can do nothing but use the Royal Mail and courier services for the “signed and recognized” service or hire its own staff to sign the paperwork.

In this case, the recipient of the post is Nawaz Sharif and it is entirely up to him whether he either accepts the signature voluntarily or signs it. Her staff and family members can also sign and acknowledge the correspondence on her behalf, but this can only be in a voluntary capacity and they cannot be forced to sign and acknowledge it.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) was told last week that the former prime minister had “refused” to receive a non-bailable arrest warrant at his residence in the UK.

Nawaz pleaded guilty

Earlier this month, the PML-N supremo was found guilty and had earlier refused to accept an arrest warrant issued in his name and was given a Park Lane address.

The federal government has said it will write another letter to the British government for the deportation of the former prime minister, who was allowed to travel to London for medical treatment in November 2019 but was later absconded by some Pakistani courts. Was declared.

At the IHC, a two-judge bench, while hearing Sharif’s appeal against his conviction in the Azizia case, asked about the execution of Nawaz Sharif’s arrest warrant.

Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar told the court that a representative of the Pakistan High Commission, Rao Abdul Hanan, reached the Avinfield Apartments to deliver the arrest warrant to the former prime minister, however, no arrest warrant was received.

However, warrants were not received. Khokhar added that every effort should be made to enforce Nawaz Sharif’s warrant.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani suggested that a statement be recorded by the Pakistani mission in London to ensure that “the accused cannot claim in the future that he was not aware”.

“The accused knows that he has defeated the whole system.”

Justice Mohsin had further said that the PML-N supremo had betrayed the government and the people of Pakistan by leaving the country. The case was adjourned till October 7.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the concerned authorities to take steps to bring back the PML-N leader and ensure that he faces pending cases in various Pakistani courts.

Prime Minister Imran was quoted as saying: “The process of accountability will continue unabated. Opposition leaders are only trying to make state institutions controversial to avoid corruption cases against them. However, the government will not blackmail.

Last week, several TV channels claimed that Hassan Nawaz Sharif had signed and received the arrest warrants. In the articles, this mark was shown as “Hassan” but Hassan Nawaz told Pakistani media that his name has only one S, not two. He said he did not know who signed and received the documents.

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