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UK refuses to deport Nawaz as arrest warrants have no ‘legal bearing’

11:19 AM | 16 Jan, 2021
UK refuses to deport Nawaz as arrest warrants have no ‘legal bearing’

LONDON – Pakistan faces another barrier in the legal process of former premier Nawaz Sharif's extradition as Britain refuses to take action on the basis of the non-bailable arrest warrants served by the Pakistan High Commission in London.

In response to a letter sent to Prime Minister Boris on behalf of a Pakistani constituent, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said, "we are aware that Nawaz Sharif is currently in Britain. The UK law sets out clearly and publicly what the Government can and cannot do on immigration matters, we act strictly in accordance with the rules on all sides."

It added that the non-bailable arrest warrants which have been served by the Pakistan High Commission in London have no legal bearing on his current status in the UK. The UK police cannot arrest someone in the UK on the basis of non-UK court orders. In this case, Sharif’s status under Pakistani laws is a matter for the Pakistan government and legal system.

It further added that the countries do not have an extradition treaty. However, extraditions are still possible and have taken place. If an extradition request were to be submitted through the proper channels it would be considered in line with the UK laws.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office had received a letter and forwarded it to the FCO to look into. PM was unable to act in this matter and had no authority and the FCO was the right forum to deal with such matters.

On the other hand, the British MP in his letter had said that Britain was bound to send back Nawaz Sharif.

Sources said Khalid Lodhi also written a letter to British Home Minister Priti Patel, informing that Sharif has been convicted in Pakistan and had absconded, and should be sent back immediately.

It added that the former PM came to London for his medical treatment and has now refused to go back, and the UK government should send him back to Pakistan.

Earlier on December 2, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif a proclaimed offender in the Avenfield and Al-Azizia references.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Today Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 24 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 24, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 278.4 for buying and 280.1 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.45.

British Pound rate is 354.5 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.6.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 278.4  280.1 
Euro EUR 301.35 303.45
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.5 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5  77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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