Pakistan started legal process to reach an extradition treaty with Britain that would pave the way for the UK to hand over former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Information Minister Shibli Faraz said that it’s the responsibility of British authorities not to allow “convicted criminals like Sharif” to remain there. Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in a separate case, for corruption and money laundering in 2018.
Nawaz Sharif Party Pakistan Muslim League is currently holding nationwide rallies demanding Sharif’s successor, Prime Minister Imran Khan, step down by the end of the month over alleged bad governance and failing to improve the country’s economy.
Nawaz Sharif became Pakistan Prime Minister three time, fell from grace after the country’s Supreme Court ousted him from office over corruption allegations in 2017.
Pakistani authorities in November 2019 temporarily released him on bail amid deteriorating health so that he could travel and seek medical treatment abroad. At the time, another court permitted Sharif to leave the country for four weeks, with the option to extend the time abroad if he was not able to travel afterward.