Nawaz Sharif Files Appeal As British Govt Rejects His Visa Extension Plea

Nawaz Sharif Files Appeal As British Govt Rejects His Visa Extension Plea

Nawaz Sharif Files Appeal As British Govt Rejects His Visa Extension Plea

Nawaz Sharif


Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb has said that British authorities have rejected the plea of visa extension of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“The decision of the British Home Office states that Nawaz Sharif can appeal against this decision to the Immigration Tribunal,” she said.

“Nawaz Sharif’s lawyers have filed an appeal with the British Immigration Tribunal and the Home Department’s order will remain ineffective until the appeal is decided,” she said.

Maryam Aurangzeb said that “Nawaz Sharif can stay in the UK legally until the appeal is decided.”

A statement issued by the PML-N on the social networking site Twitter said, “PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif contacted Nawaz Sharif on the telephone and with the decision of the Home Office. Talking about this, Nawaz Sharif informed him about the legal action against the decision of the Home Office.


“Nawaz Sharif said that his lawyers filed an appeal against the decision of the Home Office and the reasons given for his stay in the UK for medical reasons and treatment,” the statement said.

The PML-N said, “Shahbaz Sharif urged Nawaz Sharif to stay in the UK till he gets full treatment and permission from doctors.”

“Your health and safety is paramount to the nation and the party,” he said.

The PML-N president told Nawaz Sharif that “the whole nation and the party pray for your speedy recovery.”

Talking to a private TV channel, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said that Nawaz Sharif’s passport expired on February 16 and he did not apply for renewal of the passport, he is no longer a citizen of Pakistan.

He said that if they want to come to Pakistan, they can get a passport within 24 hours, only embassies can issue him NOC for coming to Pakistan.


It may be recalled that in October 2019, the Islamabad High Court had granted medical bail to Nawaz Sharif for eight weeks on medical grounds and he had gone to the UK for treatment.

Nawaz Sharif has been staying in London for treatment since November 19, 2019, after being granted medical bail by the courts.

The PTI government had once allowed him to go abroad for treatment on humanitarian grounds.

Earlier on October 21, Nawaz Sharif, who was being investigated by the NAB in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, was shifted to the Services Hospital in Lahore due to his critical health condition.

A six-member medical board headed by Dr Mahmood Ayaz was formed at the hospital for the check-up of the former prime minister. Later, more doctors and haematologists Dr Tahir Shamsi were also included in the board.

The medical board had initially diagnosed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif with the disease and said he was suffering from a malfunction of the cell-forming system. However, Dr Tahir Shamsi provided further details and said that Nawaz Sharif had been diagnosed with acute immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) which is treatable.


On the other hand, his brother and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif on October 24, 2019, in the Azizia reference, asked the Islamabad High Court to suspend his sentence on medical grounds, while the Lahore High Court granted bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case.

Dr Mahmood Ayaz, head of the medical board in the Lahore High Court, had confirmed that the condition of the former prime minister was critical, while the NAB also gave Nawaz Sharif the go-ahead for his departure abroad for treatment. He was granted bail in exchange for two bail bonds of Rs 7 billion.

The Islamabad High Court had also granted 3 days bail in the Azizia reference on October 26, 2019. In the hearing held on October 29, his sentence was suspended for 8 weeks while the Punjab government was approached for further respite.

Later, on November 5, after recovering, Nawaz Sharif was discharged from the Services Hospital and left for his residence on November 6, where he stayed in the home-based ICU.

Regarding health, Dr Mahmood Ayaz had said that Nawaz Sharif was in good health but genetic tests were necessary to find out other reasons for recurrent platelet depletion which was not possible in Pakistan. He also said that Nawaz Sharif Sharif can travel abroad.

After getting relief from the courts, the former prime minister’s name was facing removal from the ECL’s travel ban list, for which Shahbaz Sharif had applied to the Interior Ministry on November 8, seeking the NAB’s consent.


Subsequently, a detailed report was submitted to the Home Ministry on November 11 and a notice was issued on the same day, briefing the Cabinet on November 12 and informing them of all the details.

After which the government announced conditional permission to Nawaz Sharif to go abroad for 4 weeks under which he had to deposit bail bonds of Rs 7 billion before his departure.

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