Sharif freed for Kulsoom funeral

Pakistan's jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from the high security Adiala Jail early on Wednesday on parole to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who died in London.

  • Published 13.09.18
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Nawaz Sharif in Lahore for the funeral of his wife Kulsoom on Tuesday. (AFP)

Lahore: Pakistan's jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from the high security Adiala Jail early on Wednesday on parole to attend the funeral of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who died in London.

Kulsoom died on Tuesday in a London hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 68. Her body will be brought back and buried in the Jati Umra Lahore residence of the Sharif family.

Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain Muhammad Safdar, currently serving jail terms in the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after being convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case in July, were initially granted a 12-hour parole to attend the funeral.

The three-time former Prime Minister, Maryam and Safdar were transported to Jati Umra on a special plane from Nur Khan Airbase Rawalpindi in the early hours of Wednesday after the Punjab government's home department issued their release order.

They arrived in Lahore at 3.15am on Wednesday.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz spokesperson Maryam Aurangzeb said Sharif's younger brother and the party president Shahbaz Sharif had filed an application with the Punjab government requesting the release of his elder brother, niece Maryam and Safdar for five days on parole so that they could attend the funeral of Kulsoom. PTI

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