Islamabad: Following their arrests, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were allotted the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi with “B” class facilities, media reports said on Saturday.
Both of them have been granted “B” class facilities which implies that they can get air-conditioners or television sets at their own expense.
Sharif, 68, and Maryam Nawaz 44, were arrested yesterday after their conviction in a corruption case linked to four luxury flats in London, shortly after their arrival at Lahore airport from London via Abu Dhabi. They were flown to Islamabad on a special aircraft and then were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys.
Some reports said the Sharifs could be shifted to a rest-house in the capital that will be declared a “sub-jail”.
According to Pakistani media reports, prisoners who by social status, education or habit of life have been accustomed to a superior mode of living can be considered for Class B treatment. Habitual prisoners can be included in this class by order of the government, The News reported.
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, reports said.
The room of class A and B prisoners are usually equipped with a 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.
Both Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have been sentenced by an accountability court to 10 and 7 years in prison respectively. Mr Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court last year in the Panama Papers case
Clashes leave 50 Injured
- After father-daughter duo’s arrival from London, Pakistan’s Punjab province witnessed massive rallies. Following intervention from police, clashes PML-N workers and forces broke out which resulted in injuries to at least 50 people, including 20 policemen.
- The major clashes that broke between PML-N workers police and rangers at the Joray Pul, some five km away from Lahore airport, led to stone pelting by the protestors, in response to firing of tear gas on them.
- In two other clashes in Lahore at Ravi bridge and Bhutta Chowk Lahore, seven policemen and 10 PML-N workers suffered injuries.
- PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned the use of force to stop party workers and demanded immediate release of its workers after the court directive.
- The Lahore high court ordered the release of over 370 PML-N workers who were detained ahead of the rally.
Trial in Jail
- The ministry of law and justice said the accountability court would conduct trial of remaining two corruption cases, which include Flagship Investments and Al Azizia Steel Mills, against Sharif and others at the Adiala jail.
- Accountability Court-Islamabad judge Muhammad Bashir, who last night issued warrants for the imprisonment of the three-time premier and his political heir, will conduct the trial against the Sharifs in the jail, the report said.