The difficulties of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who opened a front against the army and Imran Khan-led government through the opposition coalition Pakistan Democratic Movement, are constantly increasing. The Islamabad High Court has bluntly asked Sharif in the Al Azizia and Avonfield corruption case to surrender within 30 days or else he will be declared a fugitive. In this regard, the court has ordered the government to print summons in a UK newspaper along with two Pakistan newspapers.
This will be done because Sharif’s representatives did not obtain an arrest warrant in London. According to Geo TV, the court had ordered the release of advertisements in Don and Jung newspapers and directed the federal government to bear the cost of the advertisements.
In an informal interaction with the media, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor said the proposed subject of the advertisement would say that Sharif has 30 days to return to the country. According to Geo TV, he said the court summons will also be pasted outside the court premises and the former prime minister’s residence.
The court has produced records regarding both arrest warrants which were attempted to be given but it failed. The court also said that Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry would have to send a warrant in a diplomatic bag to the Pakistan High Commission in a diplomatic bag.
Justice Aamir Farooq had asked about the action under which the former Prime Minister would be brought back to Pakistan. NAB Additional Prosecutor General Jahanjib Bharwana said that the next step would be to formally declare him an absconder. It is clear that Nawaz did not intentionally obtain an arrest warrant.
NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Sardar Muzaffar Abbas said, “Nawaz Sharif should be declared a fugitive.” Officials at the High Commission in Britain told the court that Sharif’s representative had initially agreed to obtain an arrest warrant against the PML-N supremo but the officer set his mind minutes before arriving at the former prime minister’s residence in Park Lane took turns.
Arrest warrant has been sent to Nawaz Sharif once by hand, once via UK Royal Mail. The Imran government had also demanded the extradition of the former Prime Minister from the UK government. Bharwana says Sharif is not intentionally obtaining a warrant.