Nawaz Sharif, former three-time Prime Minister of Pakistan is languishing in sub-standard facilities in the high-security Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, alleges his son Hussain Nawaz Sharif.
Hussain, who has been making important announcements through his tweets on developments surrounding his father, has alleged that his father was deprived of a bed in the jail and that the bathroom was extremely dirty, “probably no cleaned for ages.”
I am told that my father was not given a bed to sleep on and the bathroom was extremely dirty probably not cleaned for ages. There’s no precedence of treating people’s representatives with dignity in this country but these are basic rights withdrawal of which constitutes torture.
— Hussain Nawaz Sharif (@Hussain_NSharif) July 14, 2018
Hussain had earlier made his father and sister’s return journey details public through his twitter post.
Nawaz Sharif’s legal team was allowed to meet him only for five minutes, a day after he was shifted to Adiala jail. The legal team has also confirmed that there is no bed, no AC has been provided to Nawaz Sharif. A senior police official was present throughout the meeting. He was not given a newspaper, his bed was a mattress on the floor and the washroom at his disposal was in despicable conditions.
Meanwhile, Dawn reports that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, along with his mother and other family members visited Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law retired Capt Mohammad Safdar, on Saturday night. They began serving their prison terms in the Avenfield properties reference.
Earlier in the day, the family members, including Maryam Nawaz’s daughter Meharun Nisa and Shahbaz’s son Hamza Shahbaz were flown to Islamabad from Lahore on a special plane for the meeting. The daily claimed that the meeting took place in the jail superintendent’s room which continued for more than two hours.
No other party leader or worker visited Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on their first day in jail, as the authorities had allocated Thursday for the visitors. The family members’ meeting was arranged on a special permission of the government.
Before visiting the jail, former Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz, one of the strongest political figure in the country, told a press conference in Lahore that the party would use all available options, legal and political, to challenge the caretaker government’s decision about the jail trial of the former premier. He expressed the hope that the Sharif family would get relief in the London properties case from the high court.
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were handed down 10 and seven years’ imprisonment, respectively, in the London properties case last week.
After their return from UK on Friday night, the caretaker law ministry issued a notification declaring that the accountability court will conduct trial in the Flagship Investment and Al Azizia Steel Mills references against Nawaz Sharif in Adiala jail.