Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the relevant authorities in the country to bring back Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from London, where he has been staying since November 2019 on medical grounds, at the earliest, Dawn News reported on Wednesday.
This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting where the prime minister issued the directive that the matter must be pursued vigorously, just a day before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) is expected to ask the government about measures it had taken to bring Nawaz Sharif back, a cabinet member told Dawn.
He said the government had already sent a request to the British government for the PML-N leader’s repatriation but now it would be sending a fresh application in this regard.
On September 15, the IHC had ordered that Nawaz Sharif be arrested and presented before the court.
In response, the PML-N announced it honoured the court’s decisions, but said that their supreme leader would return to Pakistan only when his health permitted him to do so.
The IHC will resume proceedings from Wednesday to examine issuance of a proclamation of Nawaz Sharif as the court is expected to ask about measures taken to bring him back.
On November 8 2019, Nawaz Sharif was convicted in a corruption case, but was allowed to travel abroad for his treatment while his daughter Maryam Nawaz had to stay behind “till further orders”.