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Nawaz’s stay in UK legal till immigration tribunal decision

LAHORE: PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that party supremo Nawaz Sharif through his lawyers has filed an appeal against the UK Home Office decision in the immigration tribunal.

Marriyum derided that the hired mouthpieces of the government were overjoyed after the rejection of Nawaz Sharif’s request to extend his visit by the UK Home Office.

Addressing to a presser on Friday, Marriyum said that Nawaz Sharif submitted an application for the extension of his stay in the UK and it’s a usual practice. She flayed the mouthpieces of government, dubbing them a hired lot. She remarked that they kept on changing their loyalties.

She held that federal and provincial governments allowed Nawaz Sharif to get his treatment abroad. She declared that the PML-N supremo’s stay in the UK was legal till the decision of the immigration tribunal adding that the UK Home Office order would remain ineffective till the verdict of the tribunal.

Nawaz Sharif

She rued that the government had framed fabricated cases of corruption against the PML-N leader but it had failed to prove any charge of corruption against him.

She said Nawaz Sharif came back to Pakistan from the UK along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz after the Pakistani court convicted him. She was of the view that if the NAB-Niazi nexus wanted to further interrogate him, they could have done so while Nawaz was in jail. She questioned how many other prime ministers presented before the NAB along with their daughters.

She mocked that Nawaz who came back to Pakistan holding the hand of his daughter, his opponents were saying that he had fled the country. She said when the condition of Nawaz Sharif deteriorated, he was admitted to the Services Hospital where the number of his platelets were reduced.

Marriyum articulated that the accountability narrative of the government had been buried during the last three years. She said that to ascertain the health condition of the PML-N supremo, Prime Minister Imran Khan had sent a team of Shaukhat Khanum Hospital doctors. She further stated that the officials of Intelligence Bureau had also kept a watch on him at the hospital.

She pronounced that all charges of the government were fake and fabricated.

Meanwhile, when a journalist asked Hussain Nawaz, son of Nawaz Sharif, to comment on the rejection of Nawaz’s visa request, he refused to talk about it. When the journalist further asked him whether Nawaz would appeal the decision, Hussain retorted that Marriyum’s statement could be taken as party’s statement in this regard.

Nawaz to return to Pakistan

when doctors permit: Shahbaz

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has said that government statements based on political hatred are against the prestige of the country.

In a statement issued here, he said statements given by government against the facts in order to take political mileage are deplorable.

Shahbaz Sharif

Playing politics on the life of Nawaz Sharif who remained prime minister for three times is inhuman, he remarked.

He went on to say that government attitude on defaming an individual for the sake of politics is bringing bad name for the country. They should nail senses.

Sending Nawaz Sharif to London for medical treatment was the decision of Imran Niazi government, he held. Treatment facilities for Nawaz Sharif were not available in Pakistan was also decision of a government board.

He underscored that the decision for treatment and stay in respect of Nawaz Sharif in London would be taken as per doctors advice. Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan when the doctors permit.

Appeal has been filed to meet the legal formalities, he pointed out. Nawaz Sharif can stay in London till the decision of appeal, he added.

On Thursday, the Home Office of United Kingdom has rejected PML-N supreme leader and three-time prime minister Nawaz’s request for visa extension.

“The UK Home Office has excused itself from further extending Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visa,” PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a statement.

The Sharif family has also decided to appeal the decision. She said the Home Office had stated that Nawaz could file an appeal against this decision in the immigration tribunal.

PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb

“Nawaz Sharif’s lawyers have filed the appeal in the British immigration tribunal,” Marriyum added.

She said the Home Office’s order would remain “without effect” until a decision on the appeal, and that “Nawaz Sharif can reside in the UK legally until the appeal is decided.”

Nawaz has been living in London since November 2019 after he was allowed to leave the country for medical treatment.

In December last year, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar had told a press conference that Pakistan had written a letter to the UK for the cancellation of Nawaz’s visa, which was issued for medical treatment after taking an undertaking. The six-month visa had not been extended by the UK, he had said at the time, adding that negotiations were continuing with UK for the deportation of Nawaz.