PML-N leader Pervaiz Rashid said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif are not being allowed to meet each other in Adiala Jail.
“I have served jail sentences during every military regime,” the former information minister told the media outside Adiala Jail on Thursday. “Therefore, I am well aware of one’s rights in prison. Every prisoner has the right of movement inside the jail from sunrise to sunset.”
He said that the former PM and his daughter’s sentences do not mention solitary confinement. “If they are not being allowed to meet, it means they are being kept in solitary confinement,” he said. “No court has sentenced them to solitary confinement. They should get their basic rights in jail.”
Rashid asked why a three-time premier is being deprived of the facilities that are granted to PTI chief Imran Khan. According to him, the transparency of elections was affected the day Nawaz was disqualified.
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He said that the slogan of ‘Vote ko izzat do [Respect the vote]’ is considered a crime these days. “[Jailed PML-N leader] Qamarul Islam also says that no jail or sentence can deter them from heading towards their destination,” said Rashid. “You all have to vote for the tiger on July 25 to fight this injustice. It is the right of the Pakistani people to counter all of Imran Khan’s nefarious designs by voting for the tiger on July 25.”
The Supreme Court disqualified in 2017 then PM Nawaz in the Panama Papers case. The court ordered NAB to file three corruption references against Nawaz and his family.
An anti-corruption court has sentenced the family in one of the three references – Avenfield. The former PM was awarded 10 years in jail and his daughter, Maryam, was awarded seven. Maryam’s husband, Capt (retd) Safdar was also handed a one-year sentence in the case. All three are currently in jail. They have appealed the decision.
Nawaz and Maryam were arrested upon their return to the country on July 13.