LONDON: A petition carrying thousands of signatures has been sent to the Interpol’s headquarters in France.
The petition asks the international body not to take any action against Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hasan and Hussain Nawaz and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because the cases against them in Pakistan are “politically motivated”.
The petition has been sent by a group of British Pakistanis called Community Leadership Foundation. Its chairperson Barrister Abid Hussain confirmed that he had sent the petition to the Interpol after the NAB approached Lyon-based body to procure the arrest and/or extradition of the Hasan, Hussain and Ishaq Dar.
Abid Hussain said that the petition has been signed by more than 2000 people from UK, Europe and the Middle East and has been sent with hundreds of documents to establish that the cases are nothing but a “political witch-hunt”.
He said: “We have raised a cause of concern as members of the overseas Pakistani community in the public interest requesting prevention of the issuance of any notice(s) or warrant(s) against the three as the charges against them are politically motivated on account of their relationship with the former three times Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.”
The petition submits that given the constitutional history of Pakistan and the treatment meted out to political leaders and their families especially the handling of Nawaz Sharif and his family by the Pakistani authorities following the 12 October 1999 military coup, it can be safely predicted that the chances of them receiving a fair trial are virtually non-existent.
It says, “Given that Sharif, his daughter and son-in- law are already kept in solitary confinement and other degrading conditions, it is also clear that these persons will also be subjected to similar treatment violative of basic human rights.”