Nawaz Sharif returns to Kot Lakhpat jail after expiry of bail period

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08 May, 2019 12:30 am

LAHORE (92 News) – Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Kot Lakhpat jail after 12pm, following the expiry of his six-week bail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.

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The former premier left for jail from his residence at 8:50pm. Nawaz Sharif was accompanied by his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif. A large number of PML-N workers and leaders were also present on this occasion.

Nawaz’s daughter Maryam and nephew Hamza Shehbaz, along with Mohammad Zubair, Talal Chaudhry and other party leaders, have been accompanying the former prime minister.

Maryam Nawaz and Hamza Shehbaz also leading the solidarity rally of party workers from their residence in Jati Umra to the jail.

Hundreds of PML-N workers turned up on the occasion to express solidarity with the party supremo and showered his vehicle with rose petals.

Maryam tweeted several videos of Nawaz’s loyalists, who gathered to express their support for their leader, and said the passion of party workers was unbelievable.

Earlier, the jail officials reached Jati Umra to escort the former prime minister to the prison. The Home Department Punjab earlier instructed Nawaz to reach Kot Lakhpat Jail by 5pm today, and said his arrival in the form of a rally would be against the law.

Protesting against the instructions, PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah said that Nawaz’s bail is valid till the midnight of May 7, and questioned why the party quaid should have to reach the jail anytime before that. The party has not issued any call for protest, Sanaullah clarified in the show.

PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal said that anyone who wished to join the rally would be doing so out of their own will.

The prisoner No 4470 will be allotted B Class. As per directions of doctors, Nawaz Sharif will take meal from his house.

In a tweet, Maryam Nawaz said: “As the decision of going to jail for a father while holding the hand of his daughter was difficult, it is difficult as well for a daughter to take his beloved father to jail.”

SC rejects Nawaz Sharif’s review petition for bail extension

On May 3, the Supreme Court (SC) had rejected former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s review petition seeking extension in the bail.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and also comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the case.

During the hearing, Sharif’s consul Khawaja Haris said his client can’t apply for bail before surrendering himself to the authorities. To reply, Justice Sajjad Ali said that whatever said prior to signing the order was just an observation.

The lawyer asked the court to extend the bail for eight more weeks as the only option available for his client is to be checked by the same doctors who were treating him earlier in London. The chief justice remarked that Nawaz’s health has deteriorated after going on bail.

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