Rawalpindi, July 14: Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz have been given B class facilities in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi due to their social status, an official was quoted as saying by Pakistani media. The former PM of Pakistan and his daughter were arrested by anti-corruption officials late on Friday after they arrived in Lahore from Abu Dhabi following their conviction in a corruption case.
Nawaz and Maryam were flown in a small private plane to Islamabad. From Islamabad, Nawaz Sharif was shifted to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, and his daughter Maryam Nawaz was sent to Seihala Rest House, declared as temporary sub-jail. Sharif, along with Maryam, was arrested as they returned to Lahore city to serve a 10-year and seven-year jail term, respectively, on corruption charges, officials said.
The officials said that the two have been provided B class facilities in the prison “on the basis of their social status and not on the grounds of offence under which they were convicted”. The B class facilities are generally provided to the prisoners who are habitual of a superior mode of living either by “social status, education or habit of life”. (Related: I am Doing This For Pakistan, Says ‘Emotional’ Nawaz Sharif)
The A and B class prisoners are not assigned any hard labour but are usually used to educate the others. The News reported that the B class prisoners are provided with a cot, chair, sanitary items and other items they might use. It said that the expenses of such facilities are borne by ‘A’ and ‘B’ class prisoners if they have a permission from the jail department.
The two were convicted on July 6 in the Avenfield properties case linked to the Sharif family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London. The former was found guilty of owning assets beyond known sources of income, while his daughter was convicted for aiding and abetting her father in covering up the “conspiracy”.
The National Accountability Bureau and the caretaker government had announced that they would be taken into custody upon their arrival at the airport.
Earlier, angry supporters of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the party of Sharif, clashed with the riot police in Lahore, the capital city of Punjab province, when they were prevented from proceeding towards the airport to welcome their leader. Police had blocked all roads to the airport to stop the PML-N activists and banned political gatherings.
With agency inputs