Behind bars for being daughter of Nawaz Sharif, says Maryam

Lahore : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz, who was arrested along with her father Nawaz Sharif upon their arrival in Lahore, has said that she is in prison for being the daughter of a brave man.

The National Accountability Bureau officials took ousted prime minister Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, into custody in the Avenfield case, shortly after their arrival at Lahore airport from London via Abu Dhabi on Friday. They were shifted to the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. In an emotional audio message recorded before going to jail, Maryam appealed to the nation to pray for her mother’s health.

“You all know that I left my mother in a critical condition. I went to London to meet her along with my father Nawaz Sharif,” she said. Maryam’s mother Kulsoom Nawaz is on a ventilator after suffering a cardiac arrest in London where she is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

 Maryam refuses prison comforts

Meanwhile, Maryam Nawaz, has rejected an offer for better facilities in jail. 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.

Family visits Adiala jail

Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday night visited the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, along with his mother and other family members to meet former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain Mohammad Safdar who were convicted in the Avenfield corruption case.

According to Dawn, Maryam’s daughter Meharun Nisa and Shehbaz’s son Hamza Shehbaz were among other family members who were earlier flown to Lahore for a meeting that took place in the jail and lasted for more than two hours.

The meeting of the family members was arranged on special permission of the government, the Dawn reported.

Prior to the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif in a press conference said the party would use all legal and political options available to challenge the order regarding the jail trial of the former prime minister.

Sharif was awarded ten years in jail while his daughter got eight years of imprisonment along with others in the case.

The Sharifs are accused of failing to disclose the source of income for the purchase of luxury apartments in London. (ANI)

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