Rawalpindi, July 14: Reacting to reports by Pakistani media that she and her father Nawaz Sharif have been provided “B” class security in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Saturday issued a statement saying that she herself had refused to the jail superintendent’s proposal of applying for better facilities.
“I was offered to apply for better facilities by the Superintendent of the Jail. I refused of my own will…without any pressure from anyone,” the former Pakistani prime minister’s daughter said in her statement.
68-year-old Nawaz Sharif and his 44-year-old daughter were sent to Adiala Jail after being arrested on Friday night at the Lahore Airport soon after they returned to the country. The father-daughter was arrested following their conviction in a corruption case.
Earlier, the jail 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”.
As per the rules, class ‘B’ consists of prisoners who by social status, education or habit of life have been accustomed to a superior mode of living. Habitual prisoners can be included in this class by order of the government, the News reported.
It is learnt that usually A or B class prisoners are educated and give lessons to the uneducated prisoners perhaps in Class C. They do not do hard labour and can be engaged in useful work which is defined as rigorous punishment in their case.
The room of class A and B prisoners are usually equipped with: one cot, one chair, one teapot, one lantern if there is no electric light, a shelf, and necessary washing and sanitary appliances.
The expenses of facilities to prisoners under A or B class such as TV, air-conditioner, fridge, and newspapers are usually paid by prisoners with the permission of jail department, the report added.
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 inputs from agencies)