Govt to exhaust all legal options to bring back Nawaz: Shibli Faraz

Staff Reporter

APP38-21 ISLAMABAD: August 21 - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shibli Faraz, addressing the press conference at PID media center. APP photo by Saleem Rana


ISLAMABAD:Minister for Information Shibli Faraz on Friday vowed that the government “will bring back Nawaz Sharif using all legal means that are available”.

Addressing a media briefing in Islamabad, Faraz said that the government will approach the National Accountability Bureau which will in turn ask the foreign ministry to put in a request to the British government for the PML-N supremo’s extradition.

“We think it has now become necessary to bring back Nawaz Sharif,” the information minister said, adding that it is now the court’s job to decide in the matter and that the government will facilitate necessary action.

“Those who are sought by the law must be brought back and those who are answerable must appear before the court,” he said.

Referring to a ruling by the Islamabad High Court earlier this week, he said that the court had declared his presence necessary if an extension in bail is sought.

“The law will take its own course; we have expedited our efforts [to see him brought back],” Faraz said.

The information minister said that Nawaz cares deeply about retaining his “looted wealth”, which he said “will not happen”.

“Nawaz Sharif left under the pretext of illness. He is the master of this sort of thing,” he added.

Nawaz was granted bail on humanitarian grounds by the IHC on October 29, 2019 in the Al Azizia corruption case. He also obtained bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case from the Lahore High Court on October 25, 2019.

Nawaz then left for London for medical treatment and has since remained there.

Faraz said that the former premier has not submitted a single deed of his property for the past five or six years.

“These people (Sharifs) have done a lot of damage to the country […] the country is steeped deep in debt,” he said. “It is Nawaz Sharif’s moral duty to come back and answer for his deeds,” the information minister added.