Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's Application For Visa Extension In UK Rejected: Report


Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s software for visa extension has been turned down by the UK Home Office with the best to attraction, in keeping with media reviews on Friday.

Sharif, 71, convicted in two corruption circumstances in Pakistan, has been residing in London, UK, since November 2019 after the Lahore High Court granted him permission to go overseas for 4 weeks for medical therapy.

“The UK Home Office has excused itself from further extending Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visa,” Dawn News quoted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb as saying. Aurangzeb stated the Home Office choice may very well be appealed in opposition to and that until such time the PML-N supremo will proceed to stay within the UK.

The former three-time prime minister’s son, Hussain Nawaz Sharif confirmed to Geo News that the Home Office’s choice has been appealed in opposition to on the Immigration Tribunal, UK. A international citizen can not keep within the UK for greater than six months at a time, pending visa extension. It is believed Sharif was making use of and receiving these extensions until now.

It is unclear when Sharif’s present UK visa will probably be legitimate until, the report stated. While the UK Home Office directive is a blow to the politically highly effective Sharif household, authorized consultants imagine he has a robust case to stay within the UK, citing his well being situation — a view which has been clearly acknowledged by the PML-N management.

Sharif’s spokesperson Mohammad Zubair stated the celebration would “exhaust” all judicial choices to maintain Sharif’s therapy within the UK uninterrupted. Speaking to Geo News, UK-based immigration lawyer Hateem Ali stated: “If the previous visit visa extensions were on the basis of medical grounds (which seems to be the case here) then typically you can keep extending for a total of 18 months. In this particular case it would appear that the Home Office was no longer willing to keep extending on that basis.” He stated your entire course of may very well be appealed in opposition to which may take over 12 months to find out.

“So although Mr Nawaz Sharif has been refused it is not necessarily the end of the process,” he was quoted within the report. Similarly, authorized consultants say the pandemic has prompted an enormous backlog of circumstances on the immigration tribunal and that Sharif’s case might take a yr or extra to get a verdict. Till such time, he’s anticipated to remain within the UK.

Sharif, convicted in two corruption circumstances — Avenfield properties and Al-Azizia Steel Mills — was declared a proclaimed offender in December 2019 by the Islamabad High Court after he failed to seem earlier than it with regard to different circumstances in opposition to him. An accountability courtroom in Pakistan in 2018 had sentenced Sharif to 10 years in jail for proudly owning belongings past his recognized sources of earnings and one yr for not cooperating with within the investigation of the Avenfield case.

In the identical yr, he was sentenced to seven years imprisonment within the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case, the place unlawful investments have been detected. All sentences have been to run concurrently.

(PTI)




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