The above link says, the Govt of Pakistan made the 3rd request to the Govt of the UK to deport the absconder former PM Nawaz Sharif. This means that the previous 2 requests were either denied or were not replied to.

The former PM was not convicted in politically motivated cases. Rather, he is convicted of embezzlement, money-laundering, and "income without source". He was not handed any capital punishment either.

According to the link:

The letter has cited Britain’s own immigration laws of 1974 under which any person sentenced to imprisonment of more than four years had to be deported to the country of his/her origin.

Why does the Govt of the UK think that they should not deport the former PM of Pakistan?

Related: Why is it possible for influential foreigners to commit frauds in their respective countries, flee to London, and live there safely for years?

  • Aside: In the event that the UK thinks he is an embezzler, they can take the money via an Unexplained Wealth Order so it is unlikely the money will be returned in any case
    – Caleth
    Oct 23 '20 at 13:07
  • @Caleth, That is what I already said in the comment below your answer. The whole point is to keep the flow of money into the UK's moneylaundering capital of the world.
    – user366312
    Oct 23 '20 at 13:20
  • "The former PM was not convicted in politically motivated case" - Nawaz and his supporters would beg to differ; ft.com/content/bef9565a-59a4-4290-8b29-f3866db21a84
    – Valorum
    Oct 23 '20 at 23:38
  • @Valorum, Firstly, I can't read the link, it's behind the pay-wall. Secondly, it doesn't matter what Nawaz's supporters say. What matters is what the Supreme Court of Pakistan said.
    – user366312
    Oct 24 '20 at 7:36
  • @user366312 - I believe his contention is that the entire political class is rotten, hence any ruling on his alleged crimes is also rotten.
    – Valorum
    Oct 24 '20 at 20:14

The UK doesn't extradite to countries they don't have an extradition treaty with.

It seems like there isn't an existing extradition treaty, but one is currently being negotiated.

The letter has cited Britain’s own immigration laws of 1974 under which any person sentenced to imprisonment of more than four years had to be deported to the country of his/her origin.

That's for people sentenced by the UK, not people accused in their country of origin. And it relates to deportation, not extradition.

UK Borders Act 2007 and Immigration Act 1971

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    There isn't an extradition treaty yet.
    – Caleth
    Oct 23 '20 at 12:44
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    @user366312 so what? They haven't extradited someone yet because they are still negotiating the extradition treaty. At a guess, (one of) the first extradition hearings will be him, when the treaty is signed.
    – Caleth
    Oct 23 '20 at 13:02
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    @user366312 You are missing the political point here. The UK wants an extradition treaty with Pakistan, so they can make extradition requests themselves. "You can't have Nawaz Sharif back until you sign the treaty" is a pretty strong negotiating position.
    – alephzero
    Oct 23 '20 at 15:46
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    @user366312, it's not up to a country to determine the guilt of someone to be extradited. Sure, the person involved can petition the country they are in to not extradite them based on extenuating circumstances, such as an obvious mistrial, but that involves a lot of politics and a formal inquiry/investigation, so not something taken on lightly as it could create an international incident by not following the extradition treaty. They have to decide if deporting/extraditing the person is more of an international incident than not. And most times it's not worth it. Oct 23 '20 at 16:39
  • This answer is incorrect. There is already an extradition treaty with Pakistan. politics.stackexchange.com/www.thesun.co.uk/news/13480676/…
    – user366312
    Jan 13 '21 at 9:28

The other answer suggests that there is no extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan. This is not true which is evident from the following link:

If UK can deport poor illegal immigrants who went to the UK to earn a few bucks, what is wrong with the deportation of a proclaimed offender who was given a 7 years' prison sentence for the embezzlement of public money?

It looks to me that the UK is, for some reason, interested in protecting the former PM.

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    The Sun is not a reliable source; the flight was a deportation not extradition. That is, they were people ejected from the UK, not people requested by Pakistan. There remains no extradition treaty. ndtv.com/world-news/…
    – pjc50
    Jan 13 '21 at 9:36
  • I think this should be an edit of the question; not an answer. Jan 13 '21 at 9:36
  • @pjc50, kindly, refrain from quoting NDTV. NDTV is an Indian news outlet. I would think not twice but 100 times before consulting Indian news outlets after the EUDisInfoLab's revelations.
    – user366312
    Jan 13 '21 at 10:14

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