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IHC Decides To Serve Summons On Nawaz Sharif Through Ad In Newspapers

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the government to post an advert in newspapers regarding the arrest warrants issued against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif after the latter refused to receive the summons at his London residence.

The advert will be posted in Dawn and Jang newspapers to intimate the former prime minister about the court orders. The court directed the federal government to bear the cost of the advertisements and the additional attorney general was asked to pay the fees within two days.

According to Geo News, the Pakistani High Commission in the United Kingdom informed IHC that a representative of Nawaz Sharif had initially agreed to receive the arrest warrants against the PML-N supremo, but changed his mind minutes before their arrival to the former prime minister’s Park Lane residence.

The British government has refused to help the Pakistan High Commission to execute non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in self-imposed exile in London since last year.

The News reported that the British government told the Pakistani officials that it would not get involved in the matter.

“Five attempts have been made so far to get the arrest warrants signed and delivered at the Avenfield flats, but there has been no success as neither Nawaz Sharif nor any member of the Sharif family has signed the official papers,” the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

Pakistani diplomats also asked the British government through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help execute the arrest warrants, but the British government plainly refused by informing the Pakistani officials that the UK government will not interfere in Pakistan’s internal political matters, it was reported.

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The PML-N supremo was declared a proclaimed offender earlier this month and has previously also refused to receive the arrest warrants issued in his name and delivered at the Park Lane address.

Protest outside residence

At least two dozen protesters held a demonstration outside former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence in London on Sunday and yelled slogans against him.

Dawn reported that over 20 men with their faces covered in masks and hoods gathered on Dunraven. They were chanting ‘go Nawaz go’ slogans and also held placards with the words “We stand with Pak Army” printed on them.

According to the newspaper, the protesters also ‘hurled abuses and swear words in Punjabi’. “By the time the police vehicle arrived, the crowd had dispersed, leaving behind their posters,” said the news report. The protesters did not belong to any political party, a Pakistan journalist based in the UK tweeted.

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