Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested by anti-corruption officials on Friday after their arrival here from Abu Dhabi. They were convicted by an accountability court in the Avenfield corruption reference last Friday and handed jail sentences of 10 years and seven years, respectively.
Post arrest Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were provided “B” class facilities at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi where they spent the night after being arrested at Lahore airport following conviction in the Avenfield corruption case, media reports said on Saturday.
Sharif (68) and Maryam (44) were flown to Islamabad on a special aircraft and were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys.
As per the rules, class ‘B’ consists of prisoners who by social status, education or habit of life have been accustomed to a superior mode of living, the News reported.
The room of class A and B prisoners are usually equipped with a cot, chair, teapot, a lantern if there is no electric light, a shelf, and washing and sanitary appliances.
Expenses of other facilities such as TV, air-conditioner, fridge and newspapers are usually borne by the prisoners with the permission of jail department, the report said.
Typically, A or B class prisoners are educated and give lessons to 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.
The father-daughter duo’s arrival from London and arrest triggered massive rallies, which when stopped, led to clashes between PML-N workers and police in Pakistan’s Punjab province and resulted in injuries to at least 50 people, including 20 policemen.
The major clashes took place at night between the PML-N workers, police and rangers at the Joray Pul, some five km away from Lahore airport, where the PML-N rally was stopped. The protesters pelted police and rangers with stones when they fired 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 Auranzeb 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.
In other development Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has taunted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over his “friendship” with Ind¬ian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused the two of creating the law and order situation in the country and tension at the border to manipulate the situation in favour of the rival PML-N.
The cricketer-turned-politician in a tweet said: “Beginning to wonder why whenever Nawaz Sharif is in trouble, there is increasing tension along Pakistan’s borders and a rise in terrorist acts? Is it a mere coincidence?”
Khan’s tweet was based on a slogan frequently raised by PTI workers and supporters at its public meetings: “Modi Ka Jo Yaar Hai, Ghaddar Hai, Ghaddar Hai (friend of Modi is a traitor)”.