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LONDON: The British government on Thursday rejected a petition to extradite former finance minister Ishaq Dar, citing the reason that it has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan, which explains why they turned down the plea of his deportation.
The statement said that the UK has no formal extradition treaty with Pakistan. Section 194 of the extradition Act 2003 does allow special extradition arrangements in exceptional circumstances.
Nevertheless, there is a margin in British law to grant such request, but for that the government of Pakistan will have to officially approach the British government, according to the sources.
However, under current law, an extradition process is initiated at the request of the government of the country in which the individual has been convicted of the crime. It would therefore be the Pakistani Government’s responsibility to initiate such proceedings.
The Additional Attorney General had informed the apex court there are certain ways to bring Dar back to Pakistan. One of the ways entails that the government approaches the UK courts for the purpose, he explained.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan had directed the authorities concerned to continue to take measures for the repatriation of former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The Ministry of Interior had cancelled Dar’s diplomatic as well as normal passports, besides blacklisting him. At present, the former finance minister doesn’t have any travel documents.
A NAB prosecutor informed that the assets and properties of the former finance minister, who has been declared a fugitive by an accountability court in an assets case over absence, have been identified and that the proceedings to confiscate them are underway.