The government declared the Sharif family residence at Jati Umra as a sub-jail on Wednesday after the parole granted to former premier Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was extended by three days after the demise of Kulsoom Nawaz in London.
Overwhelmed by the situation, Nawaz excused himself from meeting the guests arriving at Jati Umra for condolences, Express News reported. Feeling unwell, the former premier is resting in a room with close aides.
The Sharif family members were released on parole late Tuesday night. The former first lady was under treatment in Britain’s capital after being diagnosed with cancer in August 2017.
Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar accompanied by Shehbaz Sharif were flown to Lahore from Noor Khan Airbase amid heavy security in the wee hours of Wednesday. The decision to release Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar came on an application moved by Nawaz’s younger brother.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president left for London to bring back the body of Kulsoom for burial. He is scheduled to return with Kulsoom’s body on Friday and her funeral will be held on the same day. She will be buried at the Sharif family graveyard in Jati Umra.
Shortly after the demise of Kulsoom, the former chief minister flew to Rawalpindi to meet his elder brother Nawaz in Adiala Jail. The Sharif brothers discussed funeral arrangements in detail and agreed that Hassan and Hussain would not travel to Pakistan.
Sons Hassan and Hussain were declared absconders by an accountability court hearing corruption references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in lieu of Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) issued a statement on Tuesday extending “all-out support” to the Sharif family “in accordance with the law”. The statement added that the Pakistani High Commissioner in the United Kingdom had been directed to assist the bereaved family.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeemul Haq told The Express Tribune that the government would positively respond to the Sharif family’s request for release of its imprisoned family members to attend the funeral. However, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had clarified that under the amended rules in Punjab, parole of a convict could not exceed 12 hours.
Shehbaz departs for London to bring Kulsoom’s body to Pakistan
“There was a provision to release convicts on parole for a maximum of three days but the relevant law was amended. The temporary release is granted for not more than 12 hours. While living within the ambit of laws, Sharif family will be extended all-out cooperation,” he said.
He added the government had no objection to the approval of a parole application.
Inspection of arrangements done for the funeral of Kulsoom’s funeral by DIG Security, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Atta Tarrar, Salman Shahbaz.