Britain seeks more evidence for Dar’s extradition: Akbar

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has sought additional evidence from Pakistan to consider its request regarding extradition of former finance minister Ishaq Dar, who was declared a proclaimed offender in a corruption case filed on order of the apex court in July 2017.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar confirmed that authorities in UK, where Dar has been living for over one year, have sought additional evidence against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader.
“Required information will be shared with them in the first week of July. Even now we have got more evidence against Dar. Earlier, Pakistan had already responded 22 questions raised by the UK,” he said.
Akbar said Dar’s case is not ‘politically motivated’ as it was initiated by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the charges of corruption and money laundering, adding that now Dar has to prove before the UK authorities that the government has registered a politically motivated case against him.
“We signed MoU with the UK authorities regarding the extradition of Ishaq Dar on May 24. After receiving additional evidence, they will present Pakistan’s request for Dar’s extradition before a magistrate. So far three Pakistani individuals had been extradited from UK,” he said.
MoU signed between the governments of Pakistan and the United Kingdom on the extradition of former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

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