Nawaz, Maryam in solitary confinement

July 19, 2018





Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are kept in solitary confinement without air-conditioning, a neutral observer from the Pakistan Bar Council Kamran Murtaza has said.

Murtaza met Sharif, Maryam and Safdar in jail and spoke to reporters about the trio’s conditions and complaints in prison.

He said Sharif has been kept in solitary confinement. “There is nearly half a kilometre's distance between the cells of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam. They are in isolation and are not allowed to meet anyone.”

“According to Maryam, they met today for the first time in four days.”

“Nawaz Sharif had told Maryam to get a couple of newspapers to pass the time,” he said.

About Sharif’s first night, the lawyer said, “He was heavily sweating. He complained of smell inside the cell and unclean washroom. Sharif was provided a thin mattress to sleep on the floor, and after midnight he demanded an iron charpoy."

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has not been provided a television or air-conditioner in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail where he is serving a 10-year term along with his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar.

Maryam has been sentenced to seven years, while Safdar is serving a one-year sentence in the Avenfield reference case.

Sharif and Maryam were jailed on July 13 on their return from London, five days after Safdar was arrested by NAB.

Murtaza said Sharif’s food is prepared inside the jail, but he is also receiving home-cooked meals.

“He is not asked to order any special dish from home. And sometimes he is provided food when it gets spoiled,” the lawyer said.

He said the Sharif family has not been provided any servants in jail.

He shared no details about Safdar.