ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan looks determined to bring former premier and PML-N leader Mohammad Nawaz Sharif back from Britain and has categorically stated that he is ready to go to London and to talk British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in this regard if it is needed.
“We want convicted Nawaz Sharif back so he completes his conviction in prison and not live a luxurious life in Britain. We are asking the UK Government to deport him. We don’t want his extradition as there is no arrangement between the two countries at the moment and will take time in completing the extradition process”, he said in a detailed interview with ARY TV channel aired on Friday evening.
Imran Khan, a test cricketer turned politician enjoys very cordial and friendly relationship with British premier Boris Johnson since his sports days. He expects that Conservative Party leader would listen to him and will help in sending Nawaz Sharif back to Pakistan according to the British laws.
People in Pakistan also believe that Imran Khan is serious in Sharif family case and his politics depends on his commitment to root out the corruption particularly the sharif brothers should be seen behind the bar.
To visit the UK in this connection is not an empty slogan or threat but he is serious and will do what he is saying; this is what public think notwithstanding everyone is depressed and disappointed over the prevailing price-hike situation.
Imran Khan said that process of getting Nawaz Sharif back is in progress and he is convinced that British Government will help.
The prime minister maintained he is ready to visit United Kingdom to meet PM Boris Johnson to bring back PML-N supremo if needed. “UK Government should understand that Nawaz Sharif is corrupt and he has looted the national wealth hence it is obligatory duty of Whitehall to cooperate with us and send him back”, he emphasised.
Imran Khan said that the government would use all legal options for the purpose but he did not mention how much the progress has sofar been achieved. “Nawaz Sharif left the country using his illness as an excuse,” Imran Khan blamed and said he had to return to the country and face courts.
“Nobody will get an NRO,” the prime minister reiterated and said that anyone involved in corrupt practices could not be forgiven.
Meanwhile, two federal ministers have given the date of Nawaz Sharif’s return sane giving any evidence. Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz, son of eminent Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz and Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Choudhry claim that Nawaz Sharif would be in a Pakistani prison before January 15.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Shibli Faraz said efforts are underway to bring back Nawaz Sharif from London so that he faces his cases and answers for his assets. He said the government will not only punish the corrupt elements but will also recover the looted national wealth. “Optimum legal and diplomatic efforts were under way”.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan said that they have decided to launch legal battle for bringing back Nawaz Sharif and would soon initiate extradition process against him.
It is pertinent to mention here that Islamabad High Court (IHC) on September 16 released a detailed verdict over its decision to issue an arrest warrant of Nawaz Sharif.