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Punjab interim-govt responds to Shehbaz’s letter, blames PML-N for poor state of jails

LAHORE (Muslim Times) – Caretaker Punjab Law Minister Zia Haider on Tuesday while replying to the letter of former provincial chief minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif blamed his PML-N government for the poor condition of jails.

Responding to the demand the law minister said that Nawaz Sharif has been provided facilities already made available to prisoners by PML-N Punjab government for the last 24-year stints.

Haider asserted that it was onus of PML-N government to take measures towards improving infrastructure and availability of basic jail facilities where they failed to do the needful.

He, however, told Shehbaz Sharif that measures by caretaker government were on to provide proper facilities to make jail conditions better.

Earlier, the PML-N president had written a letter to the interim government stating that the jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had been kept in “abysmal conditions” and deprived of a newspaper and bed and uses a “dirty” washroom in the high-security Adiala prison in Rawalpindi.

“I want to draw your attention to the abysmal conditions under which Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister of Pakistan, is languishing in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi,” he wrote.

Nawaz Sharif, and his daughter Maryam, were arrested in Lahore on July 13 on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty over his family s ownership of four luxury flats in London. They were later taken to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Shehbaz complained that no attendant was provided and medical facility also was not up to the mark to take care of Sharif who is a heart and diabetic patient.

He said the PML-N supremo needed medicine on time and frequent visits of a doctor and requested that his personal doctor, who knows his medical condition, be allowed to visit him twice a day to administer medicine and examine a clean diet.

“It is very unfortunate that Nawaz Sharif, three-time prime minister of Pakistan, is being treated in such a shabby manner. This situation is unacceptable given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former prime minister,” he wrote.

Earlier, it was said by the jail authorities that Sharif was given B-class facilities which entitled him to have an attendant and facilities like bed, TV, air-conditioner, newspaper and home cooked food at his own cost.

Sharif and Maryam have been sentenced by an accountability court to 10 and seven years in prison respectively for corruption charges linked to the Panama Papers scandal. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court last year in the Panama Papers case.

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