Provide facilities to Nawaz in line with former PM's stature: Shehbaz

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif requested the caretaker government to provide facilities in jail to Nawaz Sharif in line with his stature as a former prime minister.

The deposed prime minister and his daughter Maryam were arrested on July 13 upon their arrival in Lahore, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield Properties corruption reference. They were imprisoned in Adiala jail on the same day.

In a letter to the caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retired) Nasirul Mulk, a copy of which is available with media, the PML-N president highlighted the ‘abysmal conditions’ under which his brother was ‘languishing in the high-security Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.’

“It was noted during my visit that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not even given a newspaper to read, his bed was a mattress on the floor and the washroom at his disposal was in a dirty despicable condition, plus there is no air conditioner in his room,” wrote Shehbaz.

He further stated, in the letter, that an attendant was not present with Nawaz and the medical checkup facility was not up to the mark. The PML-N president noted that his brother was a heart and diabetic patient and required timely medicines plus frequent visits of a doctor.
Shehbaz requested that the prisoner’s personal doctor, who was aware of his medical condition, should be allowed to visit him twice a day to administer medicine and supervise a nutritious diet.

“It is very unfortunate that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, three time Prime Minister of Pakistan, is being treated in such a shabby manner. This situation is unacceptable, given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former Prime Minister,” he observed.

Shehbaz also wrote a separate letter to Punjab’s interim Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari, asking him to ensure that medical facilities are provided to Nawaz. He also requested that the former prime minister’s medical checkup be conducted regularly during his stay in jail.

‘Nawaz should be granted same relief as Zardari’

Earlier today, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said Nawaz, Maryam and Captain (retd) Safdar should be granted the same relief as former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur.
“The court earlier upheld that no candidate should be barred from participating in the electoral process till the July 25 polls are over and this was the basis on which Zardari and Talpur were granted relief,” the former information minister said while speaking to the media outside the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The PML-N leader urged, “Nawaz, Maryam, Capt (retd) Safdar and Qamar-ul-Islam Raja should be granted the same relief.”