Wednesday, February 1, 2023

IHC accepts plea seeking arrest of Nawaz Sharif upon return

Islamabad High Court (IHC) would hear a plea seeking the arrest of absconding violent and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and the cancellation of his diplomatic passport.

Naeem Haider has filed a petition in the IHC requesting that the court order the arrest of Nawaz Sharif upon his return to Pakistan. ‘Nawaz Sharif is an absconding convict, and as a result, authorities should be prohibited from awarding him a diplomatic passport,’ the group argued in its statement.

Nawaz Sharif, the interior minister, and the secretary of foreign affairs were named as respondents in the case, which was filed at Islamabad High Court. The petitioner asked the court to take up the matter today and issue arrest warrants for the PML-N leader.

The petition was accepted by the registrar of the IHC, who then convened a bench for the hearing, which was presided over by Chief Justice Athar Minallah. The investigation into the case is set to begin on Monday morning.

Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, had asked the interior ministry to grant a diplomatic passport to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, according to media reports.

Shortly after taking office as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif was briefed by diplomatic officials. The meeting concerned the issuing of a passport to the PML-N leader. Ex prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former finance minister Ishaq Dar were issued diplomatic passports by Pakistan’s mission in London, according to instructions.

As a result, only Nawaz Sharif can be allocated a diplomatic passport, and not Ishaq Dar, who was given a conventional Pakistani passport by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as a result of the diplomatic staff’s recommendation.

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It should be recalled that the passport of the former prime minister, who is currently in London for medical treatment, was withdrawn on February 16, last year.

An order against former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia investigations was issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on October 7. The court ordered the PML-N supreme leader to surrender himself within 30 days in order to avert the initiation of further adverse proceedings.

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