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Will talk to British PM to bring Sharif back: Imran

Agencies/Islamabad
Filed on October 24, 2020
Imran Khan said Nawaz Sharif had lied about his illness and did not undergo any treatment in the UK.

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Govt in touch with British authorities to get Sharif deported

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday vowed to bring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif back to the country and put him in jail, saying even if he had to travel to the United Kingdom and talk to his British counterpart Boris Johnson for the purpose, he would do that.


"We are in contact with the British authorities and are trying to get Sharif deported from the UK," he said in an interview with a private television ARY News.


Khan said Sharif had "lied" about his illness and did not undergo any treatment after being allowed to go to the UK.


To a question, he recalled how his government had allowed Sharif to travel to London for treatment after six hours of discussion in the cabinet.


"I say it with full honesty that I was feeling pity for Nawaz Sharif at that moment and thought he (Sharif) should travel abroad for treatment," he remarked.


Khan said the government wanted Sharif to sign a Rs7 billion surety bond – which was to be presented before the Lahore High Court before allowing him to leave the country, but the court allowed him to go abroad on the guarantee of Shahbaz Sharif.


The prime minister said unfortunately the security establishment, whose product he (Sharif) was, and the judiciary had always favoured Sharif. "But now the time has come to bring him back to face imprisonment," he stressed.


In response to a question about opposition parties’ claim that they would bring down his government by December, Khan said his rivals were aware he would not give them any relief in their corruption cases and that was why they were putting pressure.


Speaking about a meeting between some senior PML-N leaders and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the premier revealed that he knew about it "in advance".


"General Bajwa had told me that they (PML-N leaders) were coming to meet him. I think he shouldn't have met them. What did we gain from this?" he added.


"Now, they (PML-N leaders) are speaking the language of our enemies. We have to decide whether we want to forgive them or not."





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