ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Monday said that the Pakistani government had requested the UK government for deportation of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while they were also pursuing his extradition.
“These are two different legal mechanisms on which we are working. His case is different from other Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leaders as he is a convicted person, proclaimed offender and disqualified person,” Shahzad Akbar said while addressing media in Islamabad.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC), which had declared him a proclaimed offender, had itself demanded Nawaz Sharif’s extradition, he maintained.
He said that the Sharif family had made failed attempts to conceal their properties and assets by telling lies.
“Nawaz started building this narrative that he was deposed on the issue of holding iqama, while he was pronounced guilty for his embroilment in embezzlement and money laundering,” he said.
The PM’s aide said Nawaz Sharif did not fit the criteria of Article 62 and 63 as he lied to the nation and the parliament following revelation of the Panama Leaks.
He said the latest story from London revealed that a nephew of Nawaz tried to bribe Broadsheet, asset-recovery company, chief in 2012 in a bid to stop the investigation against Nawaz Sharif.
Shahzad Akbar apprised that the chief had said that the PML-N leaders spoke a pack of lies by spinning the facts.
Citing example of PML-N leader Khawaja Asif in money laundering through Iqama, he said Asif, while serving as a minister in Pakistan, was also doing a job on papers in the UAE, hence reportedly receiving heavy amount of salary every month that too in cash which had no banking transaction record. He said he got 14 crore rupees on the basis of Iqama from Dubai.