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

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

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Monday requested that Nawaz Sharif be provided facilities in jail that are 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 Punjab's interim Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari, Shehbaz has asked the authorities 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. 

The former Punjab chief minister also asked for permission for Nawaz's doctor to visit regularly visit the jail, stating that the former has a heart disease that requires regular checkups.  

'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.”