Foreign ministry approaches British govt seeking Nawaz’s deportation
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministry has written a letter to the British government seeking the deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London for medical treatment.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: “Yes we have [written a letter].” However, when asked to reveal the contents of the letter, Qureshi said: “We will tell you the details later.”
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the letter was written by the foreign ministry.
“The letter was a necessary step for bringing him [Nawaz] back to the country,” she said, adding that the uproar over the letter from London shows that the PML-N supremo had intended to remain abroad for an extended period of time.
“It has been 105 days since Nawaz left the country. During this time, he has not sent any reports regarding an improvement in his health, nor has he been admitted to any hospital. This means that you have misused the facility [that was extended to you].
“The medical board asks you to give medical reports but you send letters and certificates instead. There is a difference between a report and a letter,” she maintained.
Referring to a photo that surfaced on social media of the former prime minister at a cafe in London, the PM’s aide stated: “This indicates that you did not fulfill the reason for which you were allowed to travel abroad.”
She added that Nawaz was misleading PML-N party workers. “We pity them because you have, once again, abandoned them.”
She stated that the same board that had allowed Nawaz to travel abroad, was now saying that the recent paperwork submitted showed that he was well. “On the recommendations of the same board, the federal government has decided to bring Nawaz back to the country,” she said.
On Sunday, the PM’s aide had told journalists that the government had decided to approach the British government, seeking the deportation of the former prime minister.